With the Spanish mango campaign about to start, Asaja Málaga has warned of the seriousness of the problem caused by the theft of fruits for both producers and consumers. Although the campaign has yet to kick off, there have already been numerous cases of theft in the Axarquia. One of Asaja's partners says that they have already suffered the theft of 3,000 kilos of the fruit. In addition to the damage that this entails for the producer, given the fruit's high market value, the product's reputation is also affected, since the mangoes are not ripe or in optimum condition and when purchased at the wrong time, the consumer may eventually reject them.
Asaja Málaga already met a few days ago with the Councilor for Agriculture of the municipality of Vélez-Málaga to explain that the campaign was about to start and that special controls should be in place at the points of sale, markets and fruit stores to ensure that no unripe fruit is sold and that the fruit's origin is identified. The local police are in charge of those duties.
The association is confident that the implementation of the DAT "can help control this, or at least ensure that stolen goods are identified."
The security forces, National Police and Civil Guard are constantly working to prevent theft. The National Police and Asaja recommend always calling 091 if any unusual presence of people or vehicles is detected.