Record olive harvest at Agrolaguna
Dec 16, 2008
The olive harvest at Agrolaguna d.d. in Poreč ended this year with a record yield. Agrolaguna has 65,000 olive trees covering a surface area of 225 hectares. There were 880,000 kg of olives harvested in 2008, an increase of 37% over the previous year.
Agrolaguna d.d. has produced a total of 130,000 liters of olive oil, making the company the largest producer of olive oil in Croatia. The company has its own olive processing plant with yearly processing capacity equal to 1,200,000 kg of olives. Olives are processed using the method of cold pressing to produce extra virgin olive oil, with the percentage of free fatty acids ranging from 0.08 to 0.2%. Olive oil produced in this way is rich in valuable nutritious elements, while at the same time has a rich aromatic flavor. The olive varieties used, including Bjelica, Buža, Leccino, Pendolino, Picholine and Ascolana are a guarantee that the extra virgin olive oil is top quality.
The Istrian olive groves of Agrolaguna are expected to reach full development in the years to come as the olive trees grow to their full maturity. The olive groves have been equipped with a special irrigation system that covers an area of 55 hectares. This has resulted in considerably higher yields, as well as an improvement in the quality of the olive oil. As the investment into new olive groves and the irrigation system is planned to continue in the course of 2009, we expect a further increase in the yields as well as in the quantities harvested.