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Spain: Value of Andalusian avocados increased by 32% last season

In recent years, avocados have become an essential product in the kitchens of many Europeans. It is traditional in Latin American gastronomy, where it is consumed very frequently, but the fruit is becoming increasingly popular in other parts of the world. In recent years, there have been warnings about the avocado demand rising higher than the supply.

This, of course, is reflected in the price of the product. The Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia has reported that the value of exports of this product from Andalusia has increased by 32% between September 2016 and July 2017 compared to the same period of the previous campaign.

Marketing data
In total, Andalusian avocado exports have been worth 251 million Euro this year. The total volume exported has also grown (+26%) compared to 2015/2016 and has reached 85,900 tonnes. Andalusian avocado sales overseas in the 2016-2017 campaign, which have stood at record levels compared to recent years, have been made mainly to France (43%), Germany (12%), the United Kingdom (11%) ) and the Netherlands (11%).

Market prospects
Councillor Rodrigo Sánchez has emphasised the good development of this sector, as well as the growth prospects for the coming years in terms of consumer demand. Andalusia's avocado supply comes mainly from Malaga (56.4% of the total), followed by Granada (37.7%) and Cadiz (54%). In Almería, the volume of avocados produced last season reached 772 tonnes, which is 33% more than in the previous year, when the figure slightly exceeded 517 tonnes. The growth potential for this crop in the province is still great, especially when taking into account that "wherever you can grow citrus, you can grow avocados," as stated by the professor in Plant Production of the University of Almeria, Francisco Camacho.

Harvest and varieties
According to the data analysed by the Council, avocado producers in Andalusia have received high prices in the most recent campaign, which in general could be rated as satisfactory. The good results are due to the higher yield of the farms, the good quality of the fruits harvested and the expansion of the acreage currently in production.

Specifically, the Bacon variety reached 0.91 Euro per kilo; Fuerte avocados cost 1.13 €/kg and the Hass reached 2.51 €/kg. Particularly noteworthy are the prices reached during the month of April, which exceeded 3 Euro per kilo as a result of the shortage in the European market due to the delay of the avocado production in the southern hemisphere.

Source: La voz de Almería

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