Lluís Batllori Obiols

Lluís Batllori Obiols

Head of Plant Health in Girona. Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Natural Environment. Government of Catalonia

Lluís Batllori Obiols

Head of Plant Health in Girona. Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Natural Environment. Government of Catalonia

Technical agricultural engineer specialised in agricultural and livestock operations, from the Polytechnic School of Barcelona.

From 1977 to 1983 he was technical director of various agricultural and livestock companies in Girona, head of crops at a company producing seeds, and agricultural advisor at the Farming Information Service, one of La Caixa’s Agricultural Projects.

In 1983, he joined the Girona Regional Office of the Plant Protection Service as a technician in special services. He has been an official in the Group of Qualified Technical Agricultural Engineers since 1991. He has held positions as head of intensive crops, and since 2011 he has been head of Plant Protection at Girona Regional Services at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Natural Environment at the Government of Catalonia.

He has been associate professor for 18 years at the Polytechnic School of Girona, in the area of Plant Production. He has managed Girona's Warning Station since 1983, putting in place the monitoring networks for pests and diseases and designing and executing various trials to optimise their control and determine the effects of pesticides on useful fauna.

In 1985 he began experimental work on the integrated production of stone and seed fruits in Catalonia. He is the author of the first technical regulations, which have served as a guide for the remaining crops in Catalonia. He has been part of the Catalan Council for Integrated Production in Catalonia and is director of the Technical Commission for seed fruits.

In 1987 he began trials on alternative biotechnological pest control methods (biological control, mating disruption and mass capture, among others) to perfect these and make them accessible to farmers.   Since 1990 he has been a member of the "Working Group on Fruit Crops”, which shares information about monitoring, phytosanitary incidents, experiences and trials performed by Plant Health technicians in the different autonomous communities in Spain.

Until 1996 he was head of monitoring for the pre-registration trials necessary to authorise the use of new pesticides, and he is currently supervisor of the Official Registration Companies of Girona.

He is head and coordinator of the Plant Protection Groups (PPG). Since the creation of the first Group in 1984, he has guided the work of technicians towards reducing the impact of the treatments on both human health and the environment.

In 2000 he began a pilot project for the reduction of insecticides (APRI), and since 2007 he has been running a pilot plan to achieve residue-free fruit (APR-0), involving all the PPGs in Girona. This project has formed the basis for developing the production programme Fruit.net, which has been in place in Catalonia since 2011.

From the beginning, he has emphasised the transfer of technology to the industry, starting with the PPGs and their associates, responding to enquiries and taking part in numerous talks and courses. He has written articles in general interest publications and scientific journals, and he has also given sessions and papers at various specialised national and international congresses. He has worked as a teacher on various courses and workshops.