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.
LA UNIÓ de Llauradors considers that the Generalitat, through the Department of Agriculture, is not doing all it can to prevent the expansion of the cotonet from South Africa or de Les Valls (Delottococcus aberiae) and has asked it to now adopt the necessary precautionary phytosanitary measures for its eradication.
Although the Spanish region of Aragon is usually hit by storms, this year, hail is wreaking havoc. In total, some 30,000 hectares of fruit, vines and cereals have already been damaged so far. The territorial director of Agroseguro in Aragon, Juan Cruzán, says that in little more than five months, the compensations for claims in Aragon already amount to around 20 million Euros.
The fruit harvest in the Spanish region of Aragon will be 15% smaller than in 2019, totaling some 530,093 tons, according to the agrarian organization Uaga. This drop will be caused both by the inclement weather conditions in the spring and by a 3.52% reduction in the cultivable acreage devoted to fruit trees in the region.
The abundant rains during the winter and part of the spring, the low temperatures and the occasional high peaks of heat affected the flowering and setting of the figs in Alicante, as the fruit is very sensitive to changes in the climate. The harvest, which has started a week early this year, has been reduced by 50% compared to last season.
“The Spanish stone fruit season this year is characterised by a very low supply. Due to the bad weather in Spain, there was not much stone fruit available until 10 days ago. There is clearly less fruit on the market than in previous years,” says Henk Vlaeminck of Van Dijk Foods Belgium. There were sufficient apricots until two weeks ago, but there have been shortages since last week.
Potato production in Tenerife will significantly decrease this year due to a wind storm that hit the island in late February, which wiped out a good part of the extra-early potato crop, and the Guatemalan moth plague that has been affecting Tenerife farmers for more than 20 years. According to the Cabildo de Tenerife's agricultural area, 30% of the total will be lost.
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