The price of avocados of the Hass variety, the most common in the province of Malaga, continues to rise. This is especially the case for the large sizes, which reach between 2.80 and 3 Euro per kilo. These are very profitable prices and are the result of a lack of fruit from other producing areas. However, producers also report an increase in the number of cases of theft since early December, when the harvest of the Hass kicks off ahead of the Christmas campaign.
According to Asaja Málaga, there has been such a sharp growth of theft that national security forces and the local police have been asked to increase controls and surveillance.
"We are aware that measures are being taken. The rebound of theft is being suffered especially in the region of La Axarquía, coinciding with the increase in the price of the fruit ahead of the Christmas season," said Asaja's technician for Fruits and Vegetables in the province, Benjamín Faulí.
The president of Asaja Málaga, Baldomero Bellido, showed his satisfaction with the decision of the Guardia Civil of Malaga to create a new Roca team in the Axarquía region, based in Vélez-Málaga, to improve the safety of agricultural and livestock farms in the area. With the creation of this new team, consisting of one corporal and four Guardia Civil agents, there are already three such groups.
This season's avocado production could amount to around 60,000 tons, 45,000 of which will be from Málaga.