The pear campaign has started for the PDO Pera de Jumilla with the prospect of obtaining one million kilos of certified pears.
The acting Councillor of Agriculture of Murcia, Miguel Ángel del Amor, visited a farm growing this fruit owned by the Cooperativa Hortofrutícola Campos de Jumilla, and pointed out that Jumilla currently has just over one thousand hectares in production and an average annual production of between 25 and 30 million kilos of pears. Around 250 hectares correspond to the Ercolini variety, of which between six and seven million kilos are produced, and around 50 hectares are already cultivated organically, with a production amounting to 1,100 tons. Jumilla has consolidated as the largest producer of Ercolini pears in both Spain and the rest of Europe.
Worthy of note is that at the regional level, "a total of 1,200 hectares are devoted to pear cultivation, and more than 90 percent of the fruit's production in Murcia is supplied by Jumilla."
Almost the entire Ercolini pear production is sold in the Spanish market, with the exception of Italy, Saudi Arabia and the Arab Emirates, where it is exported as a gourmet product. Uncertified crops also have a place in international markets such as South America, northern Europe and Morocco.