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Actel claws back historic volumes

Actel is a major figure in Catalan stone fruit supplies, as the combined forces of its farmer members can help reach significant volumes, ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 depending on the campaign.

According to sales director Jordi Gázquez, in 2016 Actel is set to recover what used to be its historic volumes.

“We’re on track to recover the 15% in volume that was lost last year due to hail and we’ll also have new generation varieties, resulting from a significant varietal change,” Gázquez said.

In firm stride and at peak production, the challenge facing the Spanish cooperative will involve redefining its business strategies: on one hand, to diversify towards more overseas destinations and, on the other, to further strengthen its links with Europe, its main ally and traditional market.

Management efficiency and ensuring the most well-rounded supply possible are some of Actel’s most essential qualities. So, for this campaign it hopes to incorporate pomegranate and persimmon programmes.

“Combining kaki fruit and pomegranate is our way of offering the customer a wider variety of products, which will always be managed by our quality standards. We rolled out this initiative three years ago in citrus with the inclusion of Soldebre, and now we’re expanding it to other new items,” Gázquez said.

Actel is a major figure in Catalan stone fruit supplies, as the combined forces of its farmer members can help reach significant volumes, ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 depending on the campaign.

Actel has a supply schedule covering virtually the entire Spanish harvest. It starts up with early fruit from Seville at the end of April, then moves to fruit from Extremadura as of mid-May, before finally ending with supplies from Catalonia and Murcia in October.

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Elite Harvest: nearly 1,500 ha of investments scheduled

The Abu Dhabi agriculture group Elite Agro aims to become a major player in the Moroccan fruit industry.

The Abu Dhabi agriculture group Elite Agro aims to become a major player in the Moroccan fruit industry. “We hope to invest in up to 1,500 ha of fruit and berry products within the next 5 years,” said Elite Harvest CEO Dr Abdulmonem Almarzooqi.

Based in Rabat, the Moroccan division has been contracting about 108 ha near Kenitra and 170 ha of pomegranates are planned in Beni Mellal, 243 ha of apples and pears in Sefrou, near Meknes, and another 91 ha in Ain Allah near Fez.

“We are also running in other opportunities to invest in Africa, like Mauritania,” Almarzooqi said. 

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Pomegranate exports may hit record 60k tons in west Indian state of Maharashtra

West Asia continues to remain one of the biggest export markets for India, but this year India also exported pomegranates to countries such as Bangladesh, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands. The UK, the UAE, the Netherlands, Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain and Kuwait are other important markets for the fruit.

Record pomegranate exports of up to 60,000 tons are forecast for this coming season in the state of Maharashtra in western India.

The Financial Express reports that farmers across Maharashtra are switching to the fruit because it is more remunerative than grapes. About 30,000 to 40,000 ha are now under pomegranate cultivation, up from 10,000-15,000 ha last year.

Maharashtra’s pomegranate season starts in November and usually ends by March but this year continued to April. The 2014-15 season was a record one with 40,000 tons of pomegranate exports, a third higher than the previous season, and estimates are that exports in the new season will be 40,000-60,000 tons.

Quoting Prabhakar Chandane, chairman of the Maharashtra Pomegranate Growers Research Association, the paper said West Asia continues to remain one of the biggest export markets for India, but this year it also exported pomegranates to countries such as Bangladesh, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands. The UK, UAE, Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain and Kuwait are other important markets for the fruit.

Markets in the US are also expected to open up next year but while Russia emerged as a new market last year, traders are not keen to send products there owing to payment issues in the previous year, Chandane was quoted as saying. He also said cultivation of pomegranates is on the rise across India.

Maharashtra is India’s third-largest and second-most populous state and its capital is Mumbai.

Source: The Financial Express, “Maharashtra pomegranate exports may hit record 60k ton

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