"While 2021 was a good year for mango cultivation in our country, 2022 could come close to perfect," said Miguel Ferreira, general manager of the company Mangos del Cielo, based on the Costa Tropical in Granada.
"The weather conditions during the flowering, with high temperatures and low humidity, were ideal for a good fruit setting. As a result, both the trees that had been productive and the trees that had been resting last year have a good fruit load this season," says Miguel Ferreira.
"Also, the low humidity during the winter and much of the spring has helped reduce the impact of bacteria and powdery mildew," he adds.
For all these reasons, Miguel Ferreira says that this year, the crops grown on the Costa Tropical of Granada "have an excellent quality and size."
"The sizes will depend a lot on the mango variety. This year, due to the drought, it is likely that the sizes will be smaller than usual, although the most relevant factor here is the fruit load on the trees. The greater the number of fruits per tree, the smaller the size, and vice versa," says the expert.
The productivity will also improve thanks to the aforementioned factors. "At Mangos del Cielo we expect an increase of around 30% compared to 2021. The weather conditions have helped many trees produce with average loads for the second consecutive year. The trees that did not produce last year have a higher load and new plantations are also coming into production for the first time," says Miguel Ferreira. Consequently, the company from Granada expects to reach a total volume of close to 500 tons, when all mango varieties are taken into account.
Mangos del Cielo, as its name suggests, is a company specialized in mangoes and it supplies different varieties of this fruit, including the Osteen, Keitt, Irwin and Kent, all cultivated in its own farms. With this wide range of varieties, it manages to cover the entire Spanish mango season, starting in mid-August and ending in mid-December.
The Granada-based company has started marketing the first Spanish mangoes, which are in good demand and are reaching high prices at the moment. "Normally, there is a very high demand at the start of the campaign, and even more so if the volumes available are scarce. As a result, prices are good. As the season progresses and the production increases, everything will be regulated," says Miguel Ferreira.