Agricultural Department Manager
The Agricultural Production Department is made up of six properties (ours and our partners) that add up to 550 hectares, divided into five productive units, within the Seventh Region. In addition, this area administers two fields with add up to 120 hectares of mostly cherries. The majority of these orchards are found in and around Curicó, with the notable exception of the Saba which is located in Linares.
Our department’s objective is to lead projects with high standards that are in line with modern cultivation practices in production as well as land management and administration in each one of our orchards. We mainly specialize in growing and tending to kiwis and cherries, however we also manage pears, apples, and table/wine grapes.
The agricultural department has its own commercial cherry nursery and assisted pollination services for kiwis.
CURRENT PRODUCTIVE FIELDS
Agrícola Montefrutal Ltda. was formed in July of 1991 as the beginning of Christian Abud’s fruit producing project. Thanks to changes in agricultural management, after three harvest seasons this farm was able to improve its production both in terms of quality and quantity, allowing the orchards to be changed back from pears to plums. Abud continued working for Dole Chile which as a company continued to wholly support him. Because of this, he was encouraged to acquire the adjoining plot (#45) in 1995. With this new purchase, Agrícola Montefrutal Ltda. planted a further 8.5 hectares of plums. All of this is thanks to the fact that the company reinvested its earnings within the company to continue growing.
In the year 2000, plot #37 was purchased in the same region by Silvia Sittler Roig with the idea in mind of creating a single monoculture (in this case with kiwis). However, during the first few years, the infrastructure of wine grapes was taken advantage of and continued to be grown during this time. Afterwards, the company Agrícola Profruta Ltd. was formed alongside Agrícola Montefrutal to create a different type of business in which they are cared for in the long term (20 years by usufruct contracts). All in all, starting in 2004 this method took on an additional 30 new hectares in the same geographical area with plots #38, #40, and #32. This allowed the diversification of the species being grown by planting new hectares with cherries.
The possibilities for growth within the company have been constant throughout its existence. After waiting to consolidate its holdings, in 2009 plot #33 was purchased in order to plant more cherries and a new variety of kiwi, the Jintao, a trailblazing project in Chile which was developed together with the exporter Subsole S.A.
These days our efforts have been concentrated in consolidating and making our current orchards profitable by looking inward and reconverting specific plots with cutting edge technology to improve productive processes. Examples include the planting of 16 hectares of high density cherries to replace the last plums and the oldest Hayward kiwis in 2014. That same year and continuing into 2015 underwent the installation of 7 hectares of plastic covering of Jintao kiwis to contain the PSA pest (the orchard was officially declared positive in 2013) a first in Chile. The results were excellent. Furthermore, 3.5 hectares of cherries were planted for protection against spring rains. Currently in 2016 it is projected that an additional 15 hectares of cherries will be planted in the Comalle area within an orchard which was acquired in 2014 which already had 15 hectares in production.
In July 2010, Sembrador Capital de Riesgo created a new investement fund, Agro Desarrollo¸ in which FOMIN and CORFO participate alongside Montefrutal Ltd. The project is managed by C. Abud & Cía, giving life to Frutícola Montegiallo S.A., in lands which were acquired in the area around Sagrada Familia in the Maule Region.
Taking advantage of the fertile productive potential of the area, in the farmlands of Frutícola Montegiallo, three projects were developed: yellow-fleshed kiwi (Jintao), the Summer variety of kiwi, and a European pear variety.
In 2013 the Kiwis were declared PSA positive, with 20 hectares being protected and living with the disease. In 2015 plastic covering was installed, leading to very good results in production.
Reserva de Comalle
In the year 2000 this field began to be used under a partnership created between Christian Abud and his son-in-law, Mr. Albert Cussen Mackenna. It all started with the purchasing of plots #70 and #79 from Proyecto Parcelación Bisca for a grand total of 21.4 hectares of wine grapes. Later in April of the same year plot #82 was bought (adjacent to plot #79) which was made up of 11.8 hectares of cherries. In June 2005 plots #71, #77, and #79 were incorporated through the use of long-term contracts for 20 years (usufruct) from the property of Mr. Bernardo Leyton Arraiza. They totaled 31 hectares and included cherries, pairs, and table grapes. Afterwards, in another usufruct contract plot #95 belonging to Mrs. María Bahamondes Bravo was incorporated with 13.9 hectares of cherries.
Currently, the company is getting out of the wine grape industry due to the existing monopoly in the grape purchasing power which has impoverished the industry. These are being phased out and replaced by table grapes under plastic covering.
In addition the property has a five hectare commercial nursery of cherries with acidic rootstock whose annual production approaches 100,000 plants. Moreover, in this same location the Rainier cherry variety from all the different orchards of the company is packaged, with a capacity to process 6,000 kilos every day.
In the year 2007, the company Frutícola Porvenir S.A. was created alongside the Investment Fund, and administered by Sembrador Capital de Riesgo. The objective was to create a joint agricultural project in different parts of the country and developed by high potential managers which in this case was Christian Cabud through the company Agrícola Montefrutal Ltda.
The currenty project is managed by C.Abud & Cía ina partnership with Joyvio Spain Soc. Ltda, Exportadora Subsole S.A. and Agrícola Montefrutal Ltda. in Río Claro and Molina in the Chile’s Seventh Region.
Since 2013, the company has been developing new standards in work ethic, information, analysis, and management, fulfilling the requirements of its partners and creating an active transfer of information and technology between all parties.
In 2013, the orchard was officially declared PSA positive with the Jintao and Summer varieties of kiwis being severely affected. Currently, the land is being reconverted for use in other species given the high sensitivity that the yellow kiwis have towards the disease in addition to the favorable conditions for the disease’s development that the area encourages.
On June 11, 2012, the company Frutícola SABA was formed in the same model as Frutícola Porvenir: Sembrador Capital de Riesgo manages another investment fund, Agrodesarrollo, and through this develops a new farming project with Christian Abud as its managing partner through Agrícola Montefrutal Ltda.
During the same year, the company bought 140 hectares of fertile land favorable to agricultural production and which traditionally was used in rice production in the El Emboque area within the Maule Region, becoming one of the first fruit-growing business in the are.
Currently, the land holds cherry, pear, and apple orchards.