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Spain: Malaga expects to harvest more mangoes this year
According to the agricultural association Asaja-Málaga, the province's mango production this campaign, which has just started, is expected to remain at stable levels, following a few years of fluctuations. The harvest volume is estimated to slightly exceed the 20,000 tonnes of last year. In 2016, that production generated a turnover of about 25 million Euro.
The harvest first started with the greenhouse mangoes and continued with the Tommy Atkins variety, considered the earliest of all grown in the open-ground. The Osteen, which is the most common in the province, has been harvested for about two weeks. The Kent and Keitt, which are considered late varieties, will follow. As for the prices, the forecast is that they will remain stable, although there may be some variation throughout the campaign. The Osteen is currently reaching between 1.20 and 1.30 Euro per kilo.
Mangoes have a short harvesting campaign, with the predominance of a single variety: the Osteen, followed to a lesser extent by the Keitt and others such as the Palmer, Kent and Tommy Atkins. The introduction of new varieties could further lengthen the campaign and thus help supply the market for more months. The Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora has for years defended that it is necessary to diversify the varieties and not focus on a single variety, as is the case today. In fact, it has thoroughly studied the agronomic behaviour of other varieties that may be of interest.
Expansion of the crop
In the case of Malaga, the cultivation of mangoes is growing at a great rate, so the production is expected to increase significantly in a few years. At present, mangoes are the second most important subtropical crop in Malaga, after avocados.
The most attractive aspect of this fruit for Europe is that it reaches the market in just 24 hours, so it can be harvested at the right point of ripeness, something that other origins are unable to do, unless they ship by plane, which raises the fruit's price considerably. At present, the bulk of Malaga's production goes to foreign markets.
At the same time, there is a significant increase in consumption at the domestic level, although many consumers are still unfamiliar with the fruit. Markets like Mercamadrid have a great supply of mangoes from Malaga and Granada, given the growing interest among Spanish consumers.
Publication date: 9/20/2017
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