Good news for Spanish kaki producers: production is looking up, after a slide in harvest numbers last year by over 50%.
Says the President of the Spanish Kaki Association, “For now, as long as there are no climatic adversities, such as hail storms or frost, or major pest issues, we expect a good harvest. So far, the weather has been ideal for the growth of kakis and we are very happy with the quality of the fruit,” according to freshplaza.com.
In fact, producers expect about 450 million kilos of fruit, the bulk of it Rojo Brillante. The harvest is expected to kick off in late September, and this year there are plans to follow a specific marketing strategy that will enable them to sell 100% of production.
Kaki producers that belong to the association are also looking to increase exports this year. At the moment, Spain is the world’s leading kaki exporter. Production is increasing and now farmers need to ensure there is sufficient demand. They’re looking at India, Vietnam, Thailand and China as potential markets, as well as parts of South America, such as Peru and Colombia, and also Dubai. The fruit has been very well received in India, for example, and producers will meet with importers from that country at Fruit Attraction, the upcoming fair in Madrid this October. There’s also a big focus on China, which would have the greatest potential in all of Asia.