"We can't say we're thrilled with how the 2019 stone fruit campaign went, as it was characterized by excessive production and low prices (near production costs). Usually Percoca peaches do better but, while prices and demand were increasing in June, they dropped in July. We are now placing all of our hope on BabyGold9," explains Antonio Giaccio from OP Giaccio Frutta.
"We have recently started harvesting BabyGold9 Percoca peaches, a historic cultivar much appreciated by consumers and suitable to be eaten fresh or in syrup thanks to its crunchy flesh. This year too, the production is in line with previous years."
"In various retail chains, we are promoting the "Percoca wine" typical of the Campania tradition. At the moment, our premium range is available in punnets with 4 fruits."
FreshPlaza visited Azienda agricola Annunziata Di Nardo, partner of OP Giaccio frutta. The company covers 13 hectares of peach, Percoca peach and nectarine orchards. Every year, the campaign starts with early stone fruit in greenhouses and ends with BabyGold9.
"Cultivating with passion is essential to obtain high-quality and good quantities and one needs to update to keep up with the times: agronomic techniques, management practices, new cultivars and defense strategies must go hand in hand," explains Nicola Palma from Azienda agricola Annunziata Di Nardo.
"When the OP Giaccio Frutta was set up, we stopped selling the produce to the general markets and handed in everything to the PO. We feel safe: the produce always gets sold and the price is fair."
"Over the past four years, I have been employing the sexual confusion technique against Cydia molesta: I truly believe in the effectiveness of this kind of defense and I reduce the use of chemicals. This year, we have also tried using Bacillus turingensis against Cydia and it proved very effective. In addition, it is sustainable when it comes to the environment and company costs. I only harvest in the morning in my orchards, so as to preserve the freshness of the produce."
Antonio Giaccio reports that "we aim at making the use of Bacillus turingensis against Cydia molesta part of the PO's operational plan to improve the quality of the product. The stone fruit campaign should end in mid-October."
Azienda agricola Annunziata Di Nardo
Via Magellano 102
80014 – Giugliano (NA)
Cell: (+39) 3270159320