The Andalusian tropical fruits of the new season started to be marketed in supermarkets this month. The first cherimoya from Granada and the mangoes from Malaga are already being marketed, and the national avocado will join them in November.
The president of the Spanish Association of Tropical Fruit Producers, Javier Braun, said Malaga and Granada would produce some 26,000 tons of mango in this campaign, a similar volume to the one produced in the 2020 campaign, even though the trees were supposed to produce more than a year ago. "Flowering was difficult in spring due to thermal changes, there were very cold nights and very hot days," he said.
"Despite this, the Spanish mango, which has already made its place in Europe, where it mainly competes with the Brazilian mango that is present in the market all year round and is harvested green, is coming onto the market with great quality, at its optimum point of maturation, and with good Brix degrees," Braun pointed out.
He also confirmed that the quality mark application for Malaga mango production has already been registered, but that its approval process hasn't finished yet, so he does not know if there will be time to incorporate this seal on the labels of the latest batches of the 2021 campaign, which is expected to finish at the end of October.
In 2021, the country's cherimoya production, which is led by the Costa Tropical of Granada, will stand at around 50,000 tons, i.e. more or less in line with the volume achieved in other campaigns. Cherimoya is a very regular crop that can better withstand the lack of irrigation and needs a more professional workforce, which translates into higher costs but also opens up the possibility of moving the production throughout the season, which normally ends in March.
Waiting for water supplies in the Axarquia
The avocado campaign will start in November with the Bacon variety, which will be followed by the Hass variety in December. "At the moment, the trees are in good condition, and we hope to produce as much as in 2020, i.e. some 60,000 tons between Malaga and Granada," Braun stated. However, the avocado production will depend on the water resources assigned to the Axarquia region of Malaga starting October, when the new hydrological year begins.
"We have the land and the climate, but there is a limited amount of water in the production areas due to the lack of institutional investment in water infrastructure. If producers can't irrigate their crops, the Axarquia will remain in extreme poverty," he said.