One of the first objectives of Ribercamp, the cooperative that integrates the Carlet and Guadassuar agricultural cooperatives, has been to expand its capacity to process persimmon. To achieve this, the governing council chaired by Alvaro Nogues has agreed to invest 1.5 million in a new line for persimmon in the facilities of Guadacoop, which will allow increased production by 20 million kilos.
"No more persimmon could be planted in Carlet because we didn't have the capacity to process more fruit. Moving 40 million kilos in three months is difficult," said Nogues. He also said that many producers affected by the stone fruit crisis were uprooting their crops and might seek refuge in persimmon, "We must give these farmers a way out," he added. Both cooperatives jointly commercialized more than 50 million kilos, 40 from Carlet and nearly 12 from Guadassuar. According to Nogues, the new line will allow them to market nearly 70 million kilos.
The Carlet and Guadassuar cooperatives announced in March the agreement to create Ribercamp, which opened a line of strategic alliances in the field. The cooperative's governing council was formed equal amounts of representatives from both entities, but it's headed by the president of the largest cooperative; Carlet.
The investment in a new line of persimmon will allow the Guadassuar facilities to dedicate themselves entirely to this fruit, while the citrus fruits of the Guadassuar cooperative will be processed in Carlet. "We increased all of our capacity. At Carlet we have lines to treat oranges that are currently not being amortized as they should be," stated Nogues, who estimated the annual production of citrus in Sant Bernat stood somewhere between 12 to 13 million kilos. Now, there will be nearly 7 million kilos more coming from Guadassuar, which will help reduce structural costs.