The garlic harvest will kick off in a few weeks in the south of the province of Cordoba, in municipalities such as Montalbán, Santaella, La Rambla, Montilla and Aguilar de la Frontera.
The provincial and national president of Asaja's Garlic Department, Miguel del Pino, said that this campaign is marked by a 15 to 20 percent reduction of the acreage, which now stands at around 2,000 hectares. He trusts that the harvest will amount to about 25 million kilos, just like last year, as the plants are "in very good condition and yielding exceptional quality."
The reason for the smaller acreage is the fall in the product's price over the last two years, which has discouraged producers from betting on the crop this season. In fact, according to statistics from the Government of Andalusia, the previous campaign ended with an average price of 0.84 Euro per kilo, 27 percent less than in 2017.
Regarding the market situation, Del Pino stressed that "we depend on China, which accounts for 83 percent of the world production." Last year, they brought the product's prices down due to an oversupply in that country. This time, however, things are expected to be different, with Asia shipping less garlic, so "we are convinced that the price will rise this year, unless a disaster happens."
The also vice president of the National Garlic Board mentioned that 90 percent of the harvest is sold outside of Spain, especially in Europe, in countries such as France, Italy, Germany, the UK, Switzerland or Poland.