| Councilor Antonio Luengo stresses that the Region of Murcia is the main table grape exporter in the country, with 70 percent of the national total | The table grape campaign could exceed 140,000 tons in the Region of Murcia this year, "reaffirming ourselves as the main benchmark at the national level, both in volume and in the quality of the product," according to the Minister of Water, Agriculture and Livestock today.
, Fishing and Environment, Antonio Luengo.The Minister of Agriculture visited the fruit and vegetable company Frutas Torero, in Abarán, where he explained that "an increase in the volume of exports is expected, which last year was affected by several adverse weather events that reduced the output of products abroad."Currently, the Region of Murcia is the main autonomous exporting community of table grapes in Spain, with 104,468 tons in 2019 and 212 million euros, 70 percent of the national total, which amounted to 155,772 tons and 306.5 million of euros.Luengo revealed that "the Region has undergone in recent years a transformation in terms of varieties and production that have made it the main producing area for table grapes in Spain", adding that "there has been an important varietal development, Today we have more than 50 varieties of seedless table grapes and we must recognize the work of IMIDA in research, which has allowed us to compete in international markets with a product of excellent quality.
"Regarding exports, at European level, the main client is Germany, followed by the United Kingdom; while outside the European borders, "work is being done to open new markets, such as Canada, to join the already successful trade routes with Vietnam, Singapore or China, and to which Thailand or Taiwan could join," he explained.
"The challenge to continue conquering new markets continues to be the logistical operations for transportation, which allow us to place the product on the shelves of supermarkets while maintaining all its properties," said Antonio Luengo.