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Spain: Aragon region will have the largest cherry production this year

The region of Aragon, with a volume totaling 37,868 tons, 7.9% more than last year, will be Spain's largest cherry producer in 2019, followed by Extremadura (30,200 tons, -16.6%), which in 2018 produced more.

In the whole of Spain, the production of peaches, plums, apricots and cherries this year will amount to 1,429.3 million tons, which entails an increase of 14.07% compared to 2018 (1,252.9 million tons), according to the latest figures reported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA).

This figure is close to that recorded in 2017 (1,530.8 million tons), when the sector obtained very low prices at origin, which led to the implementation of a "Plan of measures for the improvement of the sweet fruit sector".

With official data up to March 31, estimates point to a 23.3% increase in the peach production compared to 2018 (1,000.4 million tons), and there will also be 2.8% more plums (151.800 million tons). Meanwhile, the apricot production will fall by 7.2% (170.600 million tons) and that of cherries will be down by 3.03% (106.500 million tons).

When it comes to peaches, Catalonia will be the largest producer nationwide (273,791 tons, +10.6%) followed by Aragon (266,301 t, +89.2%), Murcia (246,137 t, +8.7%), Extremadura (68,000 t, + 41.7%), Andalusia (48,117 t, -5.6%), Castile-La Mancha (38,091 t, -10.1%), the Region of Valencia (28,964 t, +50%), Navarre (11,506 t, 0 %) and Galicia (7,525 t, -34.4%).

The apricot production will concentrate mainly in Murcia (92,259 t, -11.6%), the Region of Valencia (27,158 t, +18.7%), Aragon (20,076 t, -3.5%), Catalonia (8,768 t, +7.1%), Andalusia (7,157 t, +78.2%) and Castile-La Mancha (6,933 t, -50.4%).

Extremadura, with 71,000 tons (+0.7%) will be the leading plum producers this campaign, ahead of Andalusia (23,721 t, +21.8%), the Region of Valencia (14,736 t, +18.1%), Murcia (14,036 t, +18.1%), Aragon (11,821 t, -11.3%), Catalonia (4,052 t, +5.7%), Galicia (3,690 t, -50.3%) and Castile-La Mancha (3,254 t, -10.6%).

For cherries, the third place in the ranking is for the Region of Valencia (8,530 t, +9.1%), ahead of Andalusia (7,046 t, + 9.2%), Catalonia (6,582 t, -24.6%), Galicia (4,975 t, -8.2%), Castile-Leon (3,606 t, +12.5%), Murcia (3,246 t, +7.8%) and La Rioja (2,400 t, +9.1%).

On April 30, the Stone Fruit Committee of the Federation of Producers and Exporters (Fepex) announced the start of the 2019 stone fruit campaign with the early varieties from Andalusia and Murcia, and predicted normal volumes of a good quality production.


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