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Central American social economy professionals visit Huelva's strawberry sector
A group of about 40 professionals, devoted to the social economy of Central America, have paid a visit to Huelva to learn about the situation of its strawberry sector.
The event, which was organised by the Andalusian School of Social Economy, has counted with the collaboration of the leaders of UPA-Andalusia, Miguel Cobos and Francisco Moreno, and UPA-Huelva, Manuel Piedra. It has been attended by students of an Intensive course in Cooperative Business Management and Social Economy Organizations.
The students, who come from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Panama, started the day by visiting a greenhouse in Palos de la Frontera where strawberries are grown with an oscillating hydroponic system.
During their visit to this farm, which is managed by Loly Camacho, the general secretary of UPA-Huelva, Manuel Piedra, outlined the main characteristics of Huelva's strawberry sector. He highlighted that some 6,500 hectares have been devoted to the crop this campaign, with another 4,100 planted with other berries, namely raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
Also, after emphasising that some 370,000 tonnes of berries were harvested in Huelva in the latest campaign, he said that between October (when the campaign starts) until the end of June, more than 110,000 jobs are created.
Manuel Piedra, who highlighted the cooperative nature of Huelva's strawberry sector, told the students that 60% of Huelva's strawberry production is intended for export, while the rest goes to the domestic market and the processing industry.
Later, the delegation visited a conventional strawberry plantation, also in the Palos de la Frontera district, and although a visit to the Fresón de Palos cooperative was also scheduled, the day ended with a tour of the Wharf of the Caravels.
Publication date: 3/5/2018
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