‘Festival’ has reached the end of its cycle in Almeria

Festival cantaloup

Farmers and exporters from Almeria have already experienced the success of a long-life Cantaloupe melon, adapted to greenhouse farming, with very good results.

The first Cantaloupe melon from Sakata for Almeria is a uniform-sized, long life material, where all its fruit are grooved, reaching top Brix levels.

This melon variety stands out, above all, due to “its stability”, as specified by Joaquín Navarro, Promoter of Cucurbitaceae for Spain and Portugal from the company, who also refers to it as a fruit with that sets easily and has great uniformity in production, including complicated situations from the weather point of view.

Its good flavour is another of the variety’s strong points, taking into account that it is a long-life Cantaloupe. Another of its differentiating advantages lies in the fact that 80% of its production reaches a 4-5 calibre, a highly determining factor for marketers and which, along with an average of above 13 Brix degrees, show it as a winning melon. Festival is recommended for transplanting from the last week in January and throughout the month of February, with harvesting in May. In the specific case of open greenhouses, the cycle for the crop development is around 85-90 days, between 4 to 5 days earlier than other varieties from competitors.

Sakata has completed its range for all the Spanish production segments. Additionally, the seed company is a reference in import varieties from Brazil and Senegal, where Grand Prix and Don Quixote are grown, respectively.

“We are a reference on the market thanks to flavourful, consistent flesh genetics, in addition to a long post-harvest,” Navarro affirms “and we are the only ones who can supply a Piel de Sapo with guaranteed quality and post-harvest, 12 months of the year.”

With the clear aim of continuing to extend its range using materials with resistances, the executive emphasises the goodness of two varieties in the early segment in Castilla-La Mancha: San Fermín and San Marcos, both with high resistance to powdery mildew and with new skins that give them greater resistance to external damage, whilst always maintaining the internal quality characterised by the company.

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