Murcia's Councillor of Agriculture, Miguel Ángel del Amor, closed the latest edition of the National Stone Fruit Congress, held in the region. More than 700 agricultural producers and researchers have attended this event, where Del Amor highlighted that "Murcia is the second largest stone fruit producer in Spain, as well as the second largest exporter, with 180,000 tons last year."
The congress served to discuss the latest developments in the sector, including the launch of new varieties, phytosanitary issues, new techniques that allow the simultaneous application of water and fertilizers through the irrigation system, as well as precision agriculture, transport and the post-harvest period. The Region has 25,100 hectares of stone fruit. Of these, 9,033 correspond to apricot trees, 14,792 to peach trees, nectarine and Paraguayo peaches, 923 to plum trees and 352 to cherry trees. Furthermore, 94 percent of the cultivated area has localized irrigation, which allows producers to have fully automated systems.
By provinces, Murcia is the largest producer of apricots nationwide (with 56 percent of the total volume) and the second largest peach and Paraguayo peach grower (with 23 percent). It is also the third largest nectarine producer (16 percent) and the second biggest plum producer (10 percent).