"Having a greater fruit volume will improve our bargaining power"

Trops to open headquarters in Portuguese Algarve

Tavira, in the district of Faro, in the Portuguese Algarve region, has been the city chosen by the agricultural transformation company Trops to establish itself outside of Spain. The objective behind the opening of these headquarters in Portugal is to get a share of the avocado production existing in this area, where the acreage devoted to this crop already exceeds 1,000 hectares. "Having a greater fruit volume will give us more bargaining power in the markets. We are also diversifying and improving our security, given the difficulties we are facing due to the drought in Malaga," says Trops manager Enrique Colilles.

Trops has acquired a 4,000 square metre plot in an industrial area of ​​Tavira with the objective of building a warehouse for fruit handling, although the project goes further.

According to Colilles, the idea is for these headquarters to be also in charge within four or five years of the sorting and packaging of the avocados and mangoes produced in this area of ​​Portugal, which could entail an investment of between 4 and 5 million Euro. For now, the planned investment is around 600,000 Euro.

Trops currently brings 2,500 producers from Malaga, Granada, Cadiz, Huelva, Valencia, Alicante and the Portuguese Algarve together. According to the president of the SAT, José Lorca, for Trops, the Algarve is an ​​expansion area for the cultivation of avocados. "Its greatest advantage over Malaga is that it has no water shortages, which allows them to have a higher productivity per hectare than us. In our province, we are obtaining about 7,000 kilos per hectare with conventional cultivation, while the Algarve produces up to 12,000 kilos per hectare," said Lorca.

Colilles pointed out that the plan is to start the work on the Trops headquarters in Portugal next March in order to be able to put it into operation in 2018.

The expansion plan of Trops, which is one of the leading tropical fruit producers and marketers in Malaga, with more than 77 million Euro in turnover last year, also includes the opening of headquarters in Motril, Granada. The firm, which expects to close this campaign with a mango production exceeding 10 million kilos and about 20 million kilos of avocados, has also acquired a warehouse in the town of Granada in order to facilitate the handling and distribution of fruit in this area.

Source: diariosur.es

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