The crops of the Region of Murcia have suffered the consequences of the first spring frosts, after the minimum temperatures dropped as low as five degrees below zero between March 23 and 26, causing losses estimated at 14.7 million Euro. The most affected areas are those of the Altiplano, Alto Guadalentín, Vega Alta and Northwest, namely Jumilla, with 2,825 hectares, Lorca (1,530 ha), Caravaca (904), Yecla (850), Moratalla (716), Cehegín (584) and Bullas (229 hectares). However, damage has also been recorded in the Rio Mula county and other areas of the Region.
A detailed report prepared by the technical services of the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) reveals that since last September, the losses accumulated by growers dedicated to the cultivation of oranges and mandarins amount to around 300 million Euro (295.9 million, to be precise).
The Spanish city of Antequera will harvest 25 percent less potato this year. This is mainly due to "the high temperatures recorded in August, which caused some potatoes to 'cook' in the ground," said Juan Antonio Romero, director of Horticultores El Torcal. This means that the harvested volume will amount to around 3 million kilos; a big difference compared to the previous campaign.
In 2017, there were almost 1.3 million hectares of fruit trees in the EU. A little more than a third of that figure corresponds to apple trees (473,500 ha, 37%) and a fifth to oranges (255,500 ha, 20%). The rest was distributed between peaches (190,500 ha, 15%), small citrus fruits, such as satsumas and clementines (139,600 ha, 11%), pears (100,400 ha, 8%), apricots (75,700 ha, 6%) and lemon trees (60,100 ha, 5%).
Technicians of the Phytosanitary Alert and Information Network of Andalusia (RAIF) have confirmed that the sharp temperature swings recorded in recent weeks in Huelva's strawberry plantations have been causing damages to the fruit. To be precise, the main issues that are being detected are soft tips and cracking.
Last Wednesday, the Agrarian Association of Young Agricultural Producers (Asaja) of Malaga annouced its opposition to the changes in the citrus insurance, and has asked Enesa for an extension of the line for 2019, since the rate increase for oranges in Malaga has been the highest in Spain, with an increase of 24 percent.
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.
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