According to Extremadura's Grouping of Agricultural Cooperatives (Acopaex), this season's tomato production will be 20% lower than the figures that were initially expected as a result of the intense heat in the month of July. The president of Acopaex, Domingo Fernandez, said that 2.1 million tons had been contracted but that they would collect 500,000 fewer tons.
It was recently announced that this year's Spanish kaki harvest will be significantly reduced compared to last year (by around 30%), both due to the lower yields and the impact of pests. However, in recent days, Valencian producers have been surprised by the abundant presence of the Mycosphaerella fungus, which is causing a huge amount of fruit to fall from the trees.
The tomato campaign in Las Vegas Altas, in the Spanish region of Extremadura, which will last until about September 20 with the harvest of the late plantations, has been strongly marked by meteorological events. There has been a considerable reduction in the production, both due to damage from heavy rains and hail, as well as to the impact of diseases.
The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) has denounced that the ban of the use of the active substance methyl chlorpyrifos in kaki cultivation and the lack of effective alternatives will bring the impact of pests to record levels. In fact, according to a technical study carried out by the association, Valencian kaki producers will suffer losses exceeding 24 million Euro this season alone due to the reduction in the harvest.
The pomegranate harvest has already started in Elche, a town in the province of Alicante that is the most important producing area in Spain. The demand is high at the moment, given that the campaign in the southern hemisphere finished earlier and that the fruit from Mediterranean countries is arriving a bit late and in smaller volumes.
According to estimates by the Spanish Group of Combined Agricultural Insurance Entities (Agroseguro), the storms and hail registered recently in various parts of Spain have damaged a total of 24,000 hectares of crops. The region of Castile-La Mancha has been particularly hit by these meteorological events, with the greatest damage being recorded in Campo de Calatrava and Montiel, in Ciudad Real, and in Albacete.
The latest report of the Plant Health Service of Murcia's Department of Agriculture warned that the presence of Pulvinaria polygonata, a pest that has already devastated agricultural citrus farms in Alicante's Vega Baja, had been detected on a plot of mandarins located in El Mirador de San Javier, Murcia.
The cherry season is almost coming to a close in Spain, as most of the fruit has already been harvested, with the exception of that from plantations located at higher altitudes in mountainous areas. In general, it has been a year with low volumes due to the impact of climatic adversities, especially abundant rainfall.
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