Grupo Nufri, Spain

"We expect our apple production to reach 40,000 tons in the next two or three years"

The Lleida-based company Grupo Nufri, owner of the La Rasa farm, in the Soria municipality of Burgo de Osma, where it produces apples on 800 hectares, has closed a season that, according to the entity's production and marketing director, Ignasi Argilés, has been "balanced and with good results in terms of quality."

"In February, very high temperatures were registered for that time of the year, and the flowering started earlier than usual. At the end of April and in full bloom, the temperatures were colder than usual, which took some toll on the setting, but despite this, we were able to address the situation thanks to our production technology, and the results have been balanced, with a good quality production," he says.

At the moment, Grupo Nufri has no plans to expand either the plantation or the La Rasa factory. The company is currently in a renovation phase after a first investment phase, which lasted from 2008 to 2018, and in which the farm was gradually divided into parcel units of 75 hectares with all necessary infrastructure for the preservation and handling of the apples.

The last planting phase was carried out in 2018, with 60 new hectares, thus reaching 800 hectares planted. When in full production, these are expected to yield an annual volume of apples amounting to around 40 million kilos; a figure that Argilés hopes to achieve "in the next two or three years, as long as the weather allows it."

Nufri is a leading apple grower in the province, which in turn is the largest producer in the region of Castile-León. According to the latest data, it accounts for more than 75% of the regional production thanks to the 872 hectares of apple trees that it has in Soria. These represent almost 40% of the total in the Region, where there are 2,229 hectares planted.

Official estimates point to this year's apple production in Soria reaching 33,000 tons, while the Region's total harvest will amount to 45,512 tons.

 

Source: diariodecastillayleon.elmundo.es


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