In order to increase the presence of parasitoids (insects that lay an egg inside the pest, causing its death) and the natural predators of the peach aphid, a series of pilot tests has been planned at the facilities of the company Grupo Ametller Origen, Agrícola Maresme SXXI. Thus, covers made with selected plants will be used to facilitate biological control and reduce the use of phytosanitary products.
Hurricane-like winds have caused havoc in various parts of the western coast of the Spanish province of Huelva. Even though they lasted just a few minutes, the force of the wind and the intensity of the downpour that came with it devastated numerous agricultural farms, especially in the Valdeflores area, northwest of the Cartaya municipal area, causing damage to greenhouses and berry, citrus and kaki plantations.
Heavy rains recorded a few days ago in the Spanish Region of Valencia, especially in the coastal regions, have caused more than 62 million Euro in losses, taking into account crop losses, the extra costs of treatments to save the trees and the repairs of damaged infrastructures, according to a first assessment from the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA).
After an emergency assessment, LA UNIÓ de Llauradors reported that the storms that have just been recorded in the Valencian regions of Ribera Baixa and Ribera Alta have caused losses estimated at about 8 million Euro, and that without taking into account the damage caused by waterlogging in the fields. It is therefore an initial estimate as at the moment it continues to rain heavily in some areas and more hail could also fall.
The storms that have been hitting the Spanish provinces of Valencia and Alicante since Wednesday have flooded fields and caused damage to crops such as kakis and citrus fruits. In just over 24 hours, more than 200 liters of water per square meter were recorded on the southern coast of Valencia, where most Spanish kakis are produced and where almost 600 hectares are affected.
The acreage devoted to tomatoes in Almería has been reduced again, thereby continuing the downward trend of recent years. The increase in production costs, the impact of pests and sales prices with tight margins have been the main reasons for Almeria's producers to switch to other products, like peppers and zucchini, whose production costs are much lower.
The future of the Canary Islands banana sector still depends on the final decision that Brussels adopts on the funds of the new CAP after the discussions in which the Council of Ministers of Agriculture of the European Union, the European Parliament, and the European Commission must finalize the last issues of the agreement for the 2021-2027 period.
The orange campaign officially started in the Spanish Region of Valencia just over 15 days ago, although the earliest varieties have been harvested since the beginning of September. This season, the fruit's quality appears to be optimal and the sizes are greater; however, the orange production has fallen by up to 40% in the main Valencian regions.
Selecting the citrus fruits in the field at the time of harvesting in order to meet a specific demand is difficult to plan and very expensive when most of the farms are organized under a smallholder model, as is the case in Spain. The Spanish citrus sector is facing increasing competition from third countries, so cost efficiency is vital for the survival of a sector that has been hit hard in recent years, and digitization of the field may be key.
The worrying increase in pests and the impact of the weather are causing the kaki production to fall at a higher rate than expected in the Region of Valencia, the fruit's main producing area in Spain. Although the prices that producers receive are higher compared to the same period last season, the increase in costs to try to control pests is taking a huge toll on the profitability.
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