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Italy: Weather affects commercialisation at the Lusia fresh produce market

At the start of the year, producers make an assessment of the past season while getting ready for the new one, which appears to be affected by the weather.

The weather in January 2018 seems to have had effects on both the production and commercialisation of many crops.

More produce was available thanks to the high temperatures, which brought harvesting forward. In "normal" winters, when temperatures are below zero, it is not possible to harvest vegetables in January.

In addition, there has been a lot of produce available from the south as many growers, precisely because of the higher volumes available, had to look for new outlets. Of course this has led to oversupplies and a drop in quotations.

The end of the year was characterised by good prices and average quantities, but the start of 2018 was slow due to the abundant produce available.

Buyers at the Lusia market reported that an excessive amount of produce was available from both the domestic and international territory.

Quotations were between 10 and 40% lower than January 2017 and volumes collected were higher (except for carrots and the little fruit available, with quotations 20-30% higher than the previous year). Nonetheless, quality was excellent.

It must be kept in mind, however, that last January quotations were affected by the extreme weather (-7/8°C) that made it impossible to harvest. Only those with heated greenhouses managed to harvest and quotations were excellent.

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