The ROCA team of the Guardia Civil in the Spanish municipality of Cartaya, in the province of Huelva, which is specialized in tackling rural theft, has discovered several properties where unlicensed mandarins of the patented Orri variety were being grown. The investigation started after a complaint was made regarding the alleged illegality of the plantations. Samples of the citrus fruits were analyzed in the laboratory, which showed that they indeed belonged to this protected species.
The suspect investigated by the Guardia Civil is accused of an offense against industrial property and for causing financial losses totaling € 2.9 million.
The Orri is an Israeli mandarin variety that is easy to peel and contains almost no seeds. The tree is very strong and ripens late and therefore has great commercial value. The variety has been protected in Spain since 2013.
Source: Europa Press / 20minutos.es