As reported by Miguel Angel del Amor, Councilor of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Murcia, the region's plum harvest is expected to be 21.7% greater than last season, reaching 14,000 tons, despite the acreage having been reduced by 50 hectares.
Of the 22,500 hectares devoted to the cultivation of stone fruit, about 8,000 correspond to apricots, 13,600 to peaches, 750 to Paraguayo peaches and nectarines, and about 300 hectares to cherries.
The cherry acreage has expanded by 31 hectares, which will lead to the production growing by 7.8%.
As for apricots, the adverse weather conditions recorded during the fruit setting have caused the production to fall by 34%, although this may result in higher prices for producers.
The region expects this year's stone fruit production to stand at 415,417 tons, which would entail a drop of less than 1% compared to last year. This is mainly due to the recent rains and spring hail storms.
The 415,000 tons correspond to 136,000 tons of peaches, 107,000 tons of Paraguayo peaches and 87,000 tons of nectarines. The apricot harvest is estimated at 68,100 tons, that of plums at 14,000 tons and that of cherries at 3,200 tons.