In 2014 Joaquín Becerra (an agricultural contractor working in the Ronda valley) and Henk van Dalen (a Dutch pioneer and investor, living close to Ronda) had a meeting to discuss the future of agriculture in the area. Henk had just bought 15 ha of land and was looking for an ecological crop, a healthy crop for the land and healthy consumer products as well. Additionally, Henk wanted a crop that would offer a reasonable income for the farmers.
Joaquín was looking for a new, preferably ecological, crop as well. Therefore Joaquín followed a course at the Junta de Andalucia (IFAPA) in Granada, looking at possible new crops for our mountainous area. It became clear for Joaquín and Henk that the culture of Pistachios was the crop that would meet their goals.
Information about the pros & cons of Pistachio cultivation was sought. Many visits were made to Castilla La Mancha and Catalonia, where the leading Spanish pistachio producers and processors are based. During winter 2015/2016 some 3000 cuttings of the variety Kerman were planted on 16 ha.
In 2017 Ronda Pistachos SLU was established.
A harvesting machine has been bought. A “first phase” processing factory was finished in 2018. The first harvest is scheduled for September 2020.