ConservasSep. 22, 2011
Sector de frutas de carozo podría desaparecer en diez años
Farmers say that without aid they may not compete with countries like Morocco and Turkey.
The stone fruit crop in Vega Alta has a very black future if the various governments are not able to regulate the entry of the same products from countries like Morocco and Turkey, among others. The picture is so bleak that farmers are already talking about a change in productivity over a period that does not go beyond 10 years.
The problem is that they do not known which alternative would fight the fierce competition that is to come, even the competition coming from our own country. Areas such as Extremadura, which are beginning to grow peaches and plums.
“We have to find the right formula or we disappear in less than 10 years” outlined the head of the stone fruit sector, FECOAM and of the Cooperativa Vega de Cieza, Pascual Hortelano; who has made a balance of the fruit season that has just ended in Vega Alta which was marked by the storm on May 7 and the subsequent cucumber crisis, which seriously damaged exports.
Hortelano says that at this moment, the latest techniques in both irrigation, cultivation and pruning are carried out in the Region of Murcia, “but we have to know how to exploit that advantage and sell our products before anyone else, otherwise we will sink”, he said.