Lower production and prevailing price fluctuation

Price of Murcian apricots down by between 50 and 80%

For several years, the Region of Murcia has been suffering the consequences of "intense dry weather, which has taken a toll on all crops, especially rain-fed crops, but even irrigated crops are affected." This has been revealed in a report issued by the Coordination Service of Agricultural Land Offices, dealing with the incidents and damages recorded in 2018 in areas of the Region of Murcia, where there have been extraordinary declines in the yields of affected crops.

The document mentions price oscillations, stating that "the discontinuity in the supply of water intended for irrigation has led to uncertainty in the sector. Consequently, there has been a greater concentration of the supply in the whole horticultural sector, with lettuce cultivation as a prominent example of this. For horticultural crops intended for export in the winter period, as is also the case of lettuce, the logistics costs have increased due to the blockades in France. The prices paid to the growers have fluctuated a lot, falling below the production costs during most of the campaign."

During August, September and October, with high relative humidity and high temperatures, there were cases of fungal diseases. In both cases, there were notable drops in the production.

According to statistical estimates about peach cultivation, the yields have dropped by 20.86% at regional level, with only 2.76% of this being attributable to climatic incidents. The rest can be attributed to other reasons, mainly to water scarcity. In the case of apricots, although the productions have been slightly higher than in the previous year, the prices reached during the campaign have been much lower than the average of the previous years. For first class fruit for processing, the price received by the growers has been 50% below that received in the previous year, while that paid for second class fruit for processing is down by more than 80%.

Source: La Verdad

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