The ecological company Bio Procam is strengthening its tropical fruit production, a line where it maintains a growth strategy that will be defined next year with the coming into production of new mango farms. To do this, they have opted for different varieties, with an emphasis on early and late ones. “We have a bit of everything: Irwin, Osteen, Kent and Keitt, and to a lesser extent Palmer as well,” the Manager, Fernando Martín, explains to Fruit Today. This year they have an extra 40% of production, mainly in medium-sized fruit (7-9) and for 2023/34, they will reach 700 t of ecological mangos.
In the case of avocados, the company is making a categorical commitment to Hass, at the expense of the smooth-skinned varieties, and it is renewing its farms.
As is occurring in the rest of the sector, this year the production forecasts are low. “It is going to be a bad year in general; the campaign will be cut short. Last year it finished in May, but in this campaign we won’t reach those dates. At best, we will reach 2 million kg of avocados compared to last year’s 3 million.”
“The Germans are already looking at the price”
At Fruit Attraction, Bio Procam will finish planning a campaign in which the leitmotiv is “maintain the levels, communicate the increase in certificates (we will grow in certified hectares with BioSwisse and Naturland) and try to set prices.” All of this to try to contain any possible setbacks derived from international instability. “Some German clients have already commented to us that consumers are beginning to look at the prices of bio produce. Unheard of in the country, where ecological consumers are seriously committed to the produce for both conscience and health.”
To date, at Bio Procam they haven’t noticed any references being cutback, and they continue working to close the cycle in all the categories where it is possible. “In cucumbers, we produce 12 months a year and in other crops 9-10 months, all with bio produce.”
Historically, Bio Procam has carried out optimum water use and management, but they continue to study steps to fine-tune the water input. “We already use 100% drip irrigation. In all the renewed installations, we test the efficiency, we give more frequent, but shorter irrigation periods, etc.” As they are members of a fruit and vegetable producer organisation (OPFH), they have a high number of inspections regarding irrigation efficiency. “We shouldn’t’ wait until the last minute to take preventive steps. The Administration should start using waste water.”