After consulting the official data, which indicates there's a decrease in the stone fruit campaign this year, the Union of Unions stated they were confident prices at origin could improve now that the bulk of the campaign was beginning. The organization highlighted that, according to different official data, the supply of stone fruit at the European level was 30 to 40% lower than the average of the last five years and 15 to 20% lower than in 2020 due to different climatic adversities.
With more than 62,000 hectares dedicated to cultivation, asparagus is one of the outdoor horticultural species with the largest cultivated area in the EU. Alas, the crop is threatened by the “decay syndrome”, which constitutes one of the main phytosanitary problems of this crop worldwide and which can even lead to the death of the affected plants.
According to La Unio de Llauradors' first emergency assessment, yesterday's storms affected some 3,000 hectares of crops in the provinces of Valencia and Castellon, and initial losses could amount to nearly 2 million euro. The storms arrived unexpectedly. The AEMET did not foresee any type of precipitation and no yellow alert had been declared.
Fruit growers association La Union de Llauradors is warning of problems ahead for lemon farms in Alicante Province, as the sector is facing cheap imports. Local incomes could drop as much as €52 million compared to a normal year. Two main lemon varieties are grown in the area, namely the Verna and Fino lemons. La Union claims that money from Verna growing will fall by 72% this year, with a drop of 60% for Fino farmers.
La Unió de Llauradors (Growers' Union) has shown through a study that the costs that producers are forced to make to fight the imported mealy bug pest from South Africa already represent an increase of 55% over total production costs in citrus. Although the pest is now widespread throughout the Region of Valencia and has already arrived in Murcia and Catalonia, the regions with the most damage are the Plana Baixa in Castellón and Camp de Morvedre and Camp de Túria in Valencia.
Agrovegetal has developed a variety of proteinaceous peas that are resistant to powdery mildew and won't require fungicidal treatments. The company is dedicated to obtaining and developing new varieties of certified seeds of extensive crops and will soon register this important novelty in the legume segment that will help improve crop rotation in Andalusia.
The president of the Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres, stated in the plenary session of the regional Parliament that was held on May 25 that the Common Agricultural Policy 2021-2027 guaranteed Posei funds for the production of bananas on the islands, which means the sector will receive 141 million euro per year in aid.
Valencian agricultural producers are enduring a crazy spring, with a record number of rainy days and four hail storms over this past month. A few days ago, a new hail storm hit stone fruits in the region of La Ribera Alta, whose harvest is at an advanced stage, according to a first estimate of the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (Ava-Asaja).
The excess humidity caused by 9 days of consecutive rains is putting Valencia's summer fruit campaign on the ropes. The weather has led to curdling problems in apricots and donut peaches. In addition, the fruits have fattened rapidly due to the excess of water leading to the appearance of cracking in nectarines.
The stone fruit campaign has kicked off in the Region of Murcia with some delay compared to the previous season due to the weather recorded in recent weeks. This factor will determine this year's European production, as was already the case in 2020, when adverse weather conditions significantly reduced the harvest volume in the main EU producing countries.
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