The president of the Palmera Association of Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers (Aspa), Miguel Martin, believes that 2019 is the year in which "we must start working to obtain the Protected Geographical Identification (PGI) for the avocados of La Palma."
A PGI serves to certify that a product comes from a specific geographical area and that its quality meets the standards expected for that specific area.
Some stores of La Palma are selling avocados that do not adhere to the regulations in terms of ripeness. Thus, Miguel Martin points out that "what we are trying to do, on the one hand, is to prepare ourselves to be able to export, since there are limited possibilities in the local market, and on the other hand, to make it clear how much dry matter or fat an avocado may have in order for it to qualify for the export market. That's a job for both the administrations and the sector. The goal is to obtain a Protected Geographical Identification (PGI), which would boost the demand for this quality product in Europe and other parts of the world. Organizing ourselves for the future is vital," he says.
Miguel Martín says that "we have made great progress in other aspects, including training, but perhaps not in the sector's organization."
According to the Map of Crops of La Palma, presented in May of last year, the avocado acreage in the Island has expanded by 253.5 hectares, reaching approximately 748 hectares. In the Canary Islands as a whole, the acreage stands at 1,400 hectares.
Some technicians believe that avocados could be a good alternative to bananas in La Palma in medium-sized areas where the conditions are not optimal for banana cultivation.
Source: eldiario.es / La Palma Now