French melon production down 11% in 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture estimates the melon production of the 2018 French countryside at 246,213 tons, 11% less than last year and 5% less than the 2013-2017 average.

This figure is explained by the reduction of surfaces combined with climatic conditions. Spring storms have made things difficult for open-air cultivation and summer heat has accelerated fruit ripening, offsetting the peak of production after mid-July. After dropping, the price of melons then improved at the end of the season. In September 2018, the average monthly prices were equivalent to those of the 2013-2017 period.


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