Spain: Horticultural platforms harvest 40% of Murcia's vegetables

Horticultural platforms harvest 40% of the crops produced in the Region. "This reduces the handling of the products in the warehouse to a minimum, cuts down the waiting time for the harvest in the field and improves the quality of the work," said the Counsellor of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Miguel Ángel del Amor, who visited a horticultural platform in the town of Balsapintada, in Fuente Álamo.

The objective of the visit was to learn about the harvesting and packaging work in the winter campaign. "The platforms play a key role in the achievement of food safety from a microbiological point of view, guaranteeing the freshness of the vegetables," said the counsellor. This type of platforms have become essential for crops such as celery, lettuce and cabbage, among many other products. "Thanks to innovation in many aspects related to harvesting, processing and packaging, it has become possible to obtain safer harvests for the consumer, while generating less waste and reducing the carbon footprint," said the head of Agriculture.

The miniature processing centers run through the cultivation lines, harvesting the production with the support of specialized workers, who are responsible for selecting those plants that meet the quality standards. After that, they are brought to a platform, where other workers complete their cleaning, selection and preparation. Lastly, they are packaged and taken to a refrigerated truck in the facilities, which pre-chills the products until they reach the distribution center. There they are palletized, cooled and prepared for shipment. "By reducing the time spent in the field, the microbiological risk is much lower," said Del Amor.

Regional horticultural balance
"Murcia remains at the forefront not only when it comes to plantations, but also the harvesting. This is possible thanks to companies that manage to work more efficiently with the use of technology. They seek to offer freshness to the consumer," said the counselor.

He also pointed out that "the campaign started well, with normal productions and reasonable prices," and added that "at the beginning of this year, with the arrival of the cold, the quality of the productions has recovered, prices are returning to acceptable levels and our prospects are optimistic."

Source: Europa Press

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