The Almeria-based group Agroponiente is currently immersed in the development of its spring campaign. Antonio Ortiz, spring crop specialist and member of the technical department of the group, has made the first estimates for the new campaign for both traditional crops and seasonal ones, namely melons and watermelons.
"This is a very busy time, since the autumn crops are running out and the focus is moving to spring crops, including melons, watermelon and other products," said the specialist. Everything points to "this being a campaign with a great production. We started with these crops in December and we will finish in March, and then we will continue with the open ground plantations in other geographical areas," said Ortiz.
As regards the volumes to be harvested, Antonio Ortiz says that "this will be a very productive campaign. At Grupo Agroponiente, we will continue along the usual lines, with around 13 million kilos of melons of all categories (5 of Piel de Sapo, 4 of yellow, about 3 of Galia and about 2 of Cantaloupe), and about 72 million kilos of watermelons, taking into account both greenhouse and open ground crops."
Ortiz also reviewed the news in the field of melon and watermelon cultivation at Grupo Agroponiente. "This year we have a watermelon called Kisy; a snack watermelon, ideal for individual consumption because of its small size, which has already been well-received by customers. We also have a new white melon line, which has also been very well-received in the market. Its appearance is remarkable and it is also delicious."
As for forecasts, "we'll start harvesting in April, but the production usually peaks in the third week of May, although it depends a bit on the weather. We will then continue, as always, with the open ground production," said the specialist.