The experimental plantation La Mayora, dependent of the High Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and the University of Malaga, started commercialising some of its intensive productions given the budget cuts imposed by the central Government in recent years. This summer, all visitors of Parador de Nerja have had the chance to taste tomato varieties grown by scientists who, for half a century, have been researching the adaptability of new crops or fighting pests at their facilities in Algarrobo Costa.
The director of the facilities maintained by Paradores de Turismo de España at the town, Emilio Mojón, pointed out that an agreement will come into force in the coming days to introduce new horticultural varieties and various subtropical species, like mangoes. "We are planning to introduce lychees and up to three mango varieties in our range. We wish to carry out a plan of action that is beneficial to both parties."
The manager of La Mayora, Antonio Cordón, explains that once the research stage is complete for the lychees and mangoes adapted to La Axarquía's conditions, "the main goal will be to promote the products for consumers to become acquainted with them. Paradores de España is a great showcase for still unknown varieties, both for consumers and growers."
Entrepreneurs themselves will be able to visit Parador de Nerja to taste these alternatives that can help them diversify their production, so that "in case of adverse weather conditions or pests, there are alternatives available to a bad harvest." Cordón explains that La Axarquía is backing some very specific varieties. "If growers diversify, for example, with mangoes, they can extend the campaign, from September to November, harvesting at both those times and increasing the chances for a successful sale of their produce," he stresses.
Furthermore, he mentioned that the mango, longan or lychee varieties intended for sale are grown "in plantations located outside the current lands," so that the necessary amounts can be produced to meet any future demand from the market. The experimental plantation also allows growers to visit the facilities regularly to enable them to become well acquainted with the new fruit varieties.