Newstairs; as featured in Extremadura 21
This month, Newstairs Project Manager Pablo Garcia Zarza has been featured online in Extremadura 21, talking about the importance of varietal development in Stone Fruit and what Newstairs is up to in our industry.
Pablo shared the varietal development programmes we are involved in, in particular the Burchell/Wawona Packing programme that we are now seeing the first big results in our new Extremadura Experimental Field, located in Valdelacalzada, where we have more than 100 new varieties of peach, nectarine and more than 40 of Plum.
Despite the success of this experimental field, Pablo also talked about the deep crisis that at present the Stone Fruit industry is going through. “There are several causes that could explain this situation, and even though each time with higher quality varieties, stone fruit still does not reach the desired consumption levels if we compare them with other fruits of the same season. There is still today (despite the large supply of new varieties) an aged varietal range so we have an obvious problem, which is difficult to solve.
Today, from Newstairs, we are able to offer our customers and producers exclusive varieties with a long shelf life, as well as a long post-harvest, which favours more controlled collections , thus not having to collect fruit that has not reached the optimum point of maturation, with high pressures, so that they can withstand export. "We must advance in the concept of "Trans-Oceanic Fruit ", capable of making long journeys without losing properties", Pablo Garcia
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