Andalusian asparagus producers have had their best exports ever in 2018 with the sale to international markets of 15,533 tons worth 42.7 million Euro up until October. Even though the results of the last two months of the year are still unknown, these figures are already record high and exceed the 12,800 tons and 40.6 million Euro of the entire 2017.
The monthly development of international sales of Andalusian asparagus, however, is similar to that of 2018, with a sharp increase achieved in the month of June. Germany, France and Denmark consolidate as the main destinations, absorbing 39%, 26% and 10% of the total volume exported.
In 2018, the total acreage devoted to the cultivation of asparagus in Andalusia has stood at 9,578 hectares, almost the same amount as in the previous year (9,588 hectares) and more than the 9,061 hectares of 2016 or the 7,739 hectares of 2012.
Granada accounts for around 70% of this acreage, with a prominent role played by the municipalities of Huétor-Tájar, Íllora, Loja, Moraleda de Zafayona, Salar and Villanueva de Mesía, which make up the production area of the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Espárrago de Huétor-Tájar. The province has exported about 12,920 tons of asparagus (83% of the total volume exported by Andalusia) worth 36 million Euro (84% of the total).