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Oversupply and very low prices
Spain: Galician potato prices drop by 30%Excess production, very good quality and very low prices: this is the summary of the situation made by potato producers of the regions of Bergantiños and A Limia, in Galicia, following the end of the harvest. Despite the drought, the tubers are in very good condition, but that has not led to an increase in prices; quite the opposite. In both territories, they are 30% lower than those recorded a year ago. The reason for this is the market saturation due to excess production in France, as well as in Galicia and the rest of the country, which has forced many producers to store the production so that it can be sold when prices recover.
"Globalization is a fact; what happens in a given area of the world ends up having an impact on you. This is what happens with potatoes. This year, France has had an excellent campaign and in the rest of the Spanish territory there has also been a great harvest, so prices are very low," explains Juan Carlos García, one of the biggest professional potato producers in the Bergantiños region.
García adds that these low prices have also resulted from the "acceptable results and good prices of previous years, which encouraged many to plant potatoes." He says that Coristanco potatoes are currently sold for 40-50 cents, while last year they reached 60-70 cents. In Burgos, for example, the excellent French campaign has caused prices to sink down to 3 cents per kilo.
In A Limia, the main potato producing region in Galicia, the situation is similar. "There is no demand. We are keeping the potatoes in storage; the warehouses are full," says José Ramón González, head for agricultural production at Unións Agrarias and producer in the area of A Limia.
González criticises the unfair competition from France. "They try to sell late potatoes stored in chambers as early potatoes, and this oversupply prevents us from getting our potatoes on the market," says González, who complains that the situation has already been reported repeatedly, but governments are doing nothing.
Publication date: 11/28/2017
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