TOMATO growers all over the Almanzora Valley are on a high.
The president of the tomato grower’s federation (CASI) announced “another outstanding year”, at its recent AGM.
José María Andújar went on to say: “Prices are excellent, above the industry average, and more importantly we have received congratulations from the large buying groups (Tesco, Auchan, and Carrefour) on our professionalism and on the delivery and quality of our tomatoes. We believe in what we do, and we know we do it well.”
Eighty per cent of the tomatoes sold by these chains come from the region, which is buoyed by the fact that payments are guaranteed.
CASI is a company which acts as a cooperative for the hundreds of crop farmers spread around the region.
It provides access to a global market and advice on biological crop control, product diversification, and intensive growing methods.
More importantly it offers members a guaranteed price at the market and access to the largest customer base in Europe and as far afield as Russia.
Its latest innovation is to provide new lightweight colourful packaging which will distinguish AlmanzoraValley grown tomatoes from others.