The Asociation Aagraria Jovenes Agricultores (ASAJA)

ASAJA is a young farmer’s organisation and was founded on 14 July 1989 as the outcome of a merger between CNAQ, CNJA and UFADE, thus creating the largest professional agricultural organisation in Spain. ASAJA has over 250,000 members who actually work on farms, owners and tenants alike, including members of the family involved in farming activities. ASAJA was set up to represent, manage, defend and promote the interests of the farming profession in general and also those of their member organisations that are legal entities and respect democratic principles. Its objective is to defend family farms and agricultural enterprises and to develop them as an economically viable activity. At the same time it strives to improve access conditions for young farmers coming into the profession, improve their skills and level of vocational training, and in general improve the competitiveness of Spain’s agricultural sector both at national and international level. ASAJA has one national registered office, 15 regional centers, 40 provincial offices, 810 local offices and one permanent representation office in Brussels. As an organization with a general purpose, ASAJA is active throughout the whole of the country and covers all branches of agricultural activities, including agricultural techniques, livestock breeding, forestry activities, managing the environment and even the new complementary activities in rural areas, such as agri-tourist. ASAJA therefore collaborates closely with a range of sector-based organizations. ASAJA-GRANADA as associative entity, providing several kind of services to its members such as union, technical, legal, taxes, labor, book-keeping, subsidizing, formation, telematics centre, etc. ASAJA takes part in the Local Action Groups Leader in representation of the farmers, with the purpose to achieve a balanced development in Spain rural territories. ASAJA- GRANADA acknowledges the needs to create richness and jobs in our towns, taking advantage of endogenous resources and the human capital of the rural areas, but claims the need to innovate, capitalize and update the agrarian sector. The development of the agrarian sector is a strategic need in those territories where farming has a core situation in the social economic web, as it is in unfavourable and mountain areas.