The 2014 mango season in the Axarquia district produced a record harvest of 20 million kilos and revenues up by 75% on 2013.
Mango production in the Axarquia, which accounts for the vast majority of mangoes cultivated in Europe, is expected to achieve a new record this season with between 20 and 22 million kilos.
The mango harvest is beginning in the Axarquia and this year a yield of between 20,000 and 25,000 tons is expected, a record.
A flurry of activity on social networks, particularly Twitter and Facebook, indicating the presence of large sharks and the closure of some beaches in the Axarquia has been dismissed as a hoax by the Civil Protection.
The Vélez-Málaga district Red Cross distributed 1,000 toys to 250 families in the Axarquia as part of the ‘No child without a toy’ campaign for Three Kings.
As soon as the summer arrives in the Axarquia district, so do the well-organised gangs who pilfer the mango and avocado orchards of the local farmers. In the past two days alone, around 4,000 kilos of fruits have been stolen.
For the second time so far this year, the Guardia Civil has been forced to set up a special unit to try and combat a spate of robberies occurring in various, often isolated dwellings throughout the Axarquia. In Alcaucín alone there have been twenty burglaries in the past month.
The Association of Municipalities of the Eastern Costa del Sol – Axarquia (Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Costa del Sol Oriental-Axarquía) has voted unanimously to request the maintenance of such supra-municipal bodies.
According to the head of the cooperative Trops, mango production in the Axarquia is likely equal that of avocados within the next four years. Avocado production is around 30,000 tons per year. In 2011, mango production was 4,000 tons and in 2012 it will be between 8,000 and 9,000 tons.
Four people have been arrested in Vélez-Málaga as the alleged perpetrators of the theft of 6,000 kilos of mangoes and 2,400 kilos of avocados from various farms in the Axarquia.