Sakata Seed Ibérica has held from July 3 to 5 the first edition of the “Open Days Cucurbits” in the Region of Murcia, a few days in which the crops of melon, squash and watermelon have been the protagonists.
During the three days of the event more than 200 professionals of the sector have been able to know in the field the commercial and pre-commercial varieties of these crops. In addition, there has been an exhibition and tasting of fruits of different formats of the products in I, IV and V range.
The varieties of cantaloup, skin of toad, yellow melon, butternut squash, potimaron, spaghetti and watermelon center the protagonism of the days.
For the cultivation of the melon, the sample was divided into toad skin, charentais, yellow and cantaloup. As a novelty Grand Cortés was presented, a skin of toad of very high vigor for the September-October campaign, and Festival, a very sweet cantaloup ideal for the early sowings of Almería. In the segment of the pumpkin, different butternut varieties have been shown, together with the spaghetti, menina brasileira and potimarron species. Ariel and Pluto stand out as reference butternut varieties for export. Regarding watermelon, crimson and tripoid diploid varieties were exposed, with Podium being the most attractive early triploid. All this was exhibited at the Sakata research and development station located in Dolores de Pacheco.
On July 4, the central day of the event, in addition to the field visits and exhibition of varieties, three presentations were held in which great importance was given to market trends in the sector. Javier Bernabéu, manager of Sakata Seed Ibérica, opened the event with an introduction on the evolution of innovation in the horticultural sphere and, specifically, in the area of seeds and plant improvement. Next, Sara Rodríguez, client director of Kantar World Panel, made an exhibition on the trends of consumption in Europe of fruits and vegetables, making the focus on the family of cucurbits, and revealing the foresight of the future of the sector. Likewise, Christian Thromas, Cucurbits Product Manager of Sakata Vegetable Europe, and Joaquín Navarro, Promoter of cucurbits of Sakata Seed Ibérica, closed the presentations with a presentation of the bet of Sakata for the varietal improvement in cucurbitaceae, being the strategic axis the search of “glocal” solutions and the development of varieties with resistances. The event was closed with a meal, in which the melon, watermelon and pumpkin were the protagonists throughout the entire menu, and with a magic show.
With this event, Sakata Seed Ibérica shows its commitment to the segment of melon, watermelon and pumpkin, crops in which it invests ample energy in research and development with the aim of providing a differential value to the market focused on flavor.