Spain: Valencia expects to produce 220,000 tonnes of kakis

Valencia's Regional Councillor for Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development, Elena Cebrián, has shown appreciation for the "good work" carried out in the production and international promotion of Valencian kakis and has defended the "sustainable success" of this fruit.

Cebrián made these statements during the presentation of the campaign for the Designation of Origin Kaki Ribera del Xúquer.

In 2014, Valencia's production reached 180,000 tonnes and this year it is expected to reach 220,000, according to Cirilo Arnandis, president of the DO, who pointed out that 75% of the production is intended for export.

Cebrián expressed her satisfaction with the international success of this fruit, especially of the local Rojo Brillante (Bright Red) variety, which, as a result of the time and effort invested by producers and cooperatives, has consolidated as an alternative to traditional crops, such as citrus, in the region of La Ribera, thus generating wealth and employment.

The Councillor has attributed the product's growth to innovation, quality and promotion and is sure that "this success will be sustainable in the future."

However, she recalled that "the road to success is not free of difficulties," some of them unpredictable, and mentioned the Russian veto, which "has affected Valencian agriculture in an unexpected way." In this sense, the Councillor asked the Minister of Agriculture last month to defend the inclusion of kakis in the EU compensatory aid programme.

She also warned that the main threat to kakis, and the food industry in general, is not this, but "the deficit in transport infrastructure and the underfunding of the Region for investments intended to maintain the sector's momentum and ensure farm profitability."

In this context, the Councillor of Agriculture and Environment has shown an "optimistic spirit," since, in spite of these difficulties and the economic crisis, "a job well done" has allowed Valencian kakis to continue growing, "so we will keep supporting the sector," she assured.

The acreage devoted to the cultivation of kakis in the Region of Valencia has gone from 2,437 hectares in 2004 to 11,511 in 2014. The fruit currently accounts for close to 50% of all non-citrus irrigated crops in the province of Valencia.


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