Spain must break mould' Spanish fruit and vegetable production still needs to break its industry mould if it is to expand, believes Jose Miguel, president of the country's largest group Annecoop. In its annual report published this week covering 1998/99, Miguel spells out the facts: "We cannot hold on to our current farming system with its smallholdings and part-time farmers in the hope that it will stay profitable, or the subsidies necessary to keep it alive will not dry up." He foresees greater integration between cooperatives linked towards a direct marketing input where crops are grown to order and new varieties developed. Over the last two years Annecoop has successfully pioneered seedless watermelons and a sweeter persimmon. The group handled some 290,000 tonnes of citrus, 1,435,000 tonnes of deciduous fruit and 92,000 tonnes of salads and vegetables valued at 51.7 million pesetas. Volumes were down mainly because of a poor citrus season, but prices rose slightly. The UK multiple sector was its fourth largest international sector. Longer term it foresees global growing programmes for crops such as melons where it will link with South American suppliers to achieve year round continuity. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}