Kiwifruit cultivation started in O Salnés in the early nineties, and the fruit has consolidated as a complementary crop for dozens of agricultural producers. In fact, the main storage and distribution plant in northern Spain, Kiwi Atlántico, is located in Ribadumia. These days, Kiwi Atlántico is receiving the latest batches of the campaign.
The 2018 campaign has been a good one. Even though there has been rain and the pollination has not been optimal, Kiwi Atlántico still expects to exceed the figures of the previous year and reach around nine thousand tons. There is more fruit, but it is smaller, and the caliber is a very important aspect when it comes to marketing. The price depends on it.
The kiwifruit will now be stored in the cold rooms until it reaches the right sugar levels, and it will hit the store shelves as the orders are placed. It is a very resistant fruit and that makes it possible to extend the sales calendar until June. From that date onwards, the New Zealand kiwifruit comes on the scene.
Organic farming, an alternative to explore
Spain is a major kiwifruit producer and competes directly with Italy, Greece and Portugal. The domestic market demands some 80,000, but Spain is only able to produce about 15,000 tons, which, in the opinion of the CEO of Kiwi Atlántico, Carlos Vila, leaves plenty of room for growth. This is especially the case for organic farming, which is more profitable and matches the profile of O Salnés plantations. One of them will soon start producing in Vilagarcía. Agro de Táboas will receive the organic certification in 2019.