Kiwis have a promising future in the Spanish region of Galicia. The president of the Galician Government, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, encouraged this fruit's production, as "Spain is not able to produce as much as it consumes, so we have a great opportunity ahead." One in every two pieces of fruit harvested in Spain is grown in the province of Pontevedra.
Núñez Feijóo made this statement on the occasion of Kiwi Atlántico's 25th anniversary, the first company that grew kiwis in Spain in plantations located in Tomiño (250 hectares), Burgueira (Oia, 38 hectares), Cantabria, Basque Country and Navarra.
"3,000 million people live in Asia, which is a market where great consumers are to be found. It is certainly a market we need to reach," stated Núñez Feijóo.
In this sense, Carlos Vila, manager of Kiwi Atlántico, informed that the company in partnership with other firms of Galicia's Food Cluster, has opened a trade office in Shanghai, China, with the goal of improving sales in the area.
Meanwhile, the harvest, which normally takes place in November, is still underway in the fields of Baixo Miño. It started last week, "with very high sugar levels," confirmed Carlos Vila, stressing also how "calibres are larger than in previous years, with better shapes and a more attractive appearance."
Regarding production volumes, Vila assures that the harvest is not expected to be as large as in previous seasons, as the spring was very wet and trees were exposed to bacteria.