Fruit and vegetable production in Abarán, a Murcian municipality in the Vega Alta region, is an important source of employment for the entire region. Currently, nine exporting firms in the municipality –Frutas Esther, Frutas Torero, Frutas Maripí, Antonio Carrillo e Hijos, Félix Gómez e Hijos, SAT Vergel, Cooperativa Samafru, Cooperativa Campo de Blanca and Hortofrutícola Brigitte– employ 5,500 workers in the field and the warehouses, where work in the fruit campaign is currently in full swing.
According to the president of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit, Grapes and other agricultural products of the Region of Murcia (Apoexpa), Joaquín Gómez Carrasco, "a total of 90,000 tons of stone fruit, including apricots, nectarines, peaches and Paraguayo peaches, will be shipped to international markets in this fruit campaign. This is about 40% percent of the regional production, which will amount to 230 million kilos."
According to Gómez, the fruit's sales are going well, with reasonable prices, and its main destinations are Germany, France and the UK, which absorb almost 80% of the fruit.
The only negative part of the campaign so far involves the logistics. "Transportation has become more expensive and we have asked for flexibility to be able to do things well," says Gómez.