This past weekend, Extremadura hosted the Agroexpo fair; an international event which brought together experts from the agricultural sector. One of them was Javier Bernabéu, secretary of the association +Brócoli, who gave a presentation about the present and future of broccoli in Spain. According to Bernabéu, the current campaign is being highly atypical, since too much was planted for the autumn harvest and too little for winter.
In the coming weeks, the strawberry volume marketed will gradually grow; however, and in spite of the larger acreage this campaign, there will be fewer kilos than in the previous season," says Cristóbal Monteagudo, manager of TC Fruits, who believes that the start of the strawberry campaign has been delayed, mainly for two reasons. "The first is the high mortality of strawberry seedlings, which in most cases has caused delays in the preparation of the farms for the replanting.
Wild boars continue to wreak havoc in the Valencian county of La Safor. Herds of this wild pig have been coming every night from the mountains in search of food. So far, they had been happy with roots and plant bulbs, but now they are also eating oranges. So far this citrus season, the wild boars have consumed more than 20% of the production in La Safor, as warned by Vicent Faro, representative of the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja).
The first frosts of winter affected a total of 6,548 hectares and caused damage worth more than 3.7 million euros, stated the Minister of Agriculture, Miguel Angel del Amor. The economic damage amounted to more than 3,760,000 euros, which is a very high figure for the first wave of cold, according to the minister.
The weather conditions in the formerly "safe" growing areas of Italy and Spain are becoming increasingly extreme. Italy is struggling with considerable snowfall, parts of Spain have to deal with frost. Even if it only turns out to be a short period of frost or snow, the consequences are already noticeable within wholesale. Regarding the current harvest, there are quality and yield losses, especially for the vulnerable leafy lettuces. Growers and retailers are worrying about the remainder of the harvest.
The frost alert raised in much of the region, with damages already caused to several crops, is keeping producers on their toes. Some of them have already decided to use thermal blankets on their plantations, especially in those with newly planted lettuce. The entry of a cold and dry mass of polar air will cause a sharp and widespread drop in temperatures, so frosts will be noticeable.
According to the reports made so far, the winds caused losses in 1,752 hectares of banana plantations in the Canary Islands, with most of the municipalities where the fruit is grown being affected; however, everything points to these losses not being severe, except in the areas that were more exposed to the winds.
The weather has caused considerable losses in the Spanish broccoli sector. There has been abundant rainfall in combination with higher temperatures than usual for autumn. The harvest started almost two weeks late this season. Despite the losses and the high demand, the prices have still hit rock bottom due to oversupply. So far, the season has been disastrous.
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