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Mauricio Brotto from Brotto figs, Brazil
“Excluding Bordeaux mixture in fig production resulted in a growth in volumes”
He continues: “Brazil is one of the few countries that is able to produce figs year-round. However, we have a low season during our winter time, from July till October. The production is low during these months, but as well there is a lot more competition in the European market from producing countries. Therefore, during the low season we sell small volumes on the internal market, even though the focus of the company is export. Prices have been good in the beginning of the season. As usual, prices go down during this slow period. This is normal for the fig season.”
It’s two years since the European rules changed on the Bordeaux mixture used for fig production. “It’s a very safe product, as it’s even approved to be used in some organic production. However, some European countries decided to only import figs without visible residues. We were quite lost in the beginning, but we had to find a new way of producing in a short period of time. After a few months of trials and tests, we managed to completely change production, says Mauricio.
“This is the second season after the change, which has been very successful. We invested a lot in fertilizing productions that results in very productive fig trees. The same area is producing much more, so this is a very welcome result of this change. In addition, sales have increased as figs are becoming more accepted in the market. The figs look better and taste sweeter, as the Brix level has also increased.”
Brotto Figs will be present at the Fruit Logistica. “We are always co-exhibiting with Nature´s Pride. This Dutch company is our biggest client, which imports about 70% of the total production. We are there to be able to speak with final clients, such as supermarket chains or catering people, to inform them and ask for their needs. As well, it shows how close our relationship is and has been over the past 16 years. Nature´s Pride redistributes the figs to all over Europe, such as the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland and the Northern countries.”
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