It is important to highlight Salsa Agrícola’s effort concerning research and innovation to optimize the avocado crop yield as well as to improve the quality of the fruit.
Starting with the development of smallholdings historically engaged in growing mainly sugarcane and then vegetables, the first challenge was the creation of plots with the right size and services for their use, thereby optimizing the main tasks of these holdings such as pruning and harvesting, to a great extent alloying their mechanization.
Another important challenge pursued was the reduction of inputs of the traditional plantations of the area such as the average high consumption of water per hectare, high fertilizer application, or the excessive use of herbicides in new plantations. The strict daily control of the different soil moisture levels during the months of greatest need using the advanced technologies existing, the annual addition of organic matter produced by the previously improved groves themselves, or the use of anti-weed meshes from planting, have all contributed to achieving this objective.
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We also wish to highlight the implementation of completely innovative planting criteria in this crop, designed to mitigate one of the avocado’s main threats: root rot, or Phytophthora cinnamomi. The formation of high plantation ridges and efficient draining systems on all the plots on the different estates are achieving good results.
Ongoing research, analysis of new practices and implementation of new criteria for improvement and profitability criteria, are one of the principles applied horizontally to all the corporate Group’s activities. Currently, the main challenge is to achieve the success obtained in traditional plantations in the new intensive plantation project in the early stages of implementation in La Axarquía.