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Increase in French strawberries this year

According to preliminary figures from the Minister of Agriculture, French strawberry production should reach 59,540 tons in 2018. This is 6% more than in 2017 and 4% above the 2013-2014 average. 

Frost in February and March damaged flowers and the lack of sun at the start of spring led to a one to two week delay in production in all regions. On the 1st May 2018, national acreage was estimated to reach 3,370 hectares, a 1% increase over the year and 3% above the 2013-2017 average. The South West and the South East, the main production basins, saw an increase over the year as well as compared to the 2013-2017 average. 

Open air production acreage is stable over the year whilst greenhouse production continues to develop, notably in the PACA region (+3%) and Aquitaine. The increase in greenhouse acreage is due to better yield using this production method. 

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