The Region of Murcia's fruit and vegetable exports rebounded in the first quarter of the year. Between January and March 2021, regional sales abroad amounted to 761.39 million euro, i.e. 8.14% more than in the first three months of 2020.
The most important destinations for Murcian horticultural products were Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands, stated Valle Miguelez, Minister of Business, Employment, Universities, and Portavocia, during a visit to Frutas Maripi, an Abaran company registered in the Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruits, Table Grapes, and Other Agricultural Products (Apoexpa).
The main products exported by a total of 505 regional companies between January and March were lettuce (209.3 million euro), cabbages (156.35 million), citrus (150 million), and other vegetables (121.5 million euro). The Region of Murcia is the third-largest exporting province, behind Almeria and Valencia, and it's the origin of 15% of the fruit and vegetable products that the country exports.
"The Region of Murcia has an export and international vocation. Thus, all the support and work for internationalization will be key to emerge stronger from this crisis," the counselor said. "One in three euro of our GDP comes from exports. This means we have the capacity and knowledge to continue increasing this figure while we continue to position the Region at an international level," Miguelez stated.
"The Region faces economic challenges that require resources. That's why the Ministry, through INFO, is working together with the sector associations in new actions that allow us to continue promoting internationalization and access to new markets,” he added.
The region produces nearly 3.6 million tons of vegetables and fresh fruits and a turnover that oscillates around 3,000 million euro per year, depending on the season. Murcian fresh products reach 147 countries on 5 continents.