Citrus inventory in Spain

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After years of asking for one, Spanish citrus farmers are finally
getting a citrus census, due to start in September., cited
Fruitnet.

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After years of asking for one, Spanish citrus farmers are finally getting a citrus census, due to start in September., cited Fruitnet. María ángeles Ramón-Llin, Spain's Agriculture Counsellor, said the register would be complete within three to four years based on estimates from five pilot projects already carried out. She added that the inventory would be an information service for the agriculture sector and acknowledged that the sector had been asking for such a scheme for years. Growers say the census will allow them to organise the season using accurate figures, a claim that was justified last year after a first decree regarding cross-pollination was passed. Once the census is complete, varietal zones will be easily identifiable, preventing accidental cross-pollination and seeds appearing in the fruits. Growers have welcomed the move. The inventory scheme has given a budget of thousands of millions of pesetas, some of which is likely to come from the Ministry of Agriculture or the E.U. Species, variety, age, state and span of the plant are some of the data that will be contained in the inventory. Ramón-Llin said that the data base would also keep records of how much citrus was likely to be sent for processing. She added that it would also be useful for insurance purposes and would need to be updated regularly. Source: Fruitnet

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