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Spain: Peaches and nectarines cover 63% of Andalusia's stone fruit acreage

In 2017, the acreage devoted to the cultivation of peaches and nectarines in Andalusia amounted to 6.768 hectares. This figure represents 63% of the region's total stone fruit acreage, which in that year stood at 10.691 hectares.

Consequently, the fruit's production has also increased, with a total of 107,197 tons harvested. Andalusia's total stone fruit production reached 153,081 tons.

Plums stand second in the ranking, with ​​1,918 hectares cultivated, followed closely by cherries, with 1,774 hectares, and apricots, far behind with 232 hectares.

Most of the acreage devoted to the production of stone fruits is in the province of Seville, which accounts for more than half of the region's total (5,721 hectares, 54%). It holds a leading position in the production of peaches and nectarines (4,656 hectares and 69% of the total), plums (933 hectares and 49%) and apricots (103 hectares and 45%).

The second biggest province in terms of acreage is Huelva, with 2,060 hectares in total and 19% of Andalusia's, followed by Granada, with 1,393 hectares and 13%, and Jaén, with 1,065 hectares and 10%. The remaining 4% corresponds to other Andalusian provinces.

In Huelva, producers grow mainly peaches, nectarines and plums, while Granada covers almost all cherries, since they supply 97% of the total (957 hectares in Granada, 54%, and 757 hectares in Jaén, 43%).

Source: EFE

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