The general secretary of the Unió de Llauradors, Carles Peris, said that the citrus harvest in Castellón is developing "at a good pace," with high quality fruit and good calibers. However, he warns that this year's Clemenules harvest will come to an end on December 20; that is, almost a month before last season.
The lack of rainfall in the Vega del Guadalquivir is the main factor behind the expected reduction of the citrus harvest in Cordoba, whose campaign is about to start. The official prospect is that the campaign will come to an end with a production totaling 350,047 tons, which is 30,093 less than in the 2018-2019 campaign; an 8% drop.
This week’s weather around the Mediterranean caused a lot of damage in the south of France; the French government has declared a state of natural disaster. In Béziers, 6 gallons per square feet fell in 24h. Other municipalities in France and in Spain were also severely affected. The episode inevitably has consequences for the fruit and vegetable sector.
After consulting with several agents in the sector, cooperatives, producer organizations, brokers, producers and all members of the Lonja de Cítricos, Asaja Córdoba has estimated that the next citrus harvest in the province of Córdoba will be around 15-20% smaller than last season, when a record volume was achieved.
Among the businesses to have suffered most economic harm during the destructive “gota fría” storm of 12 to 14th September are many crop farmers whose land disappeared under floodwater, but arguably even more severe damage was done to the tuna fish farm belonging to Grupo Ricardo Fuentes 4.5 kilometres off the coast of San Pedro del Pinatar and Pilar de la Horadada.
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