The Spanish stone fruit production will amount to 1,400 million tons this season, which represents an increase of 14% over 2018. Thanks to the strategic plan for sweet fruit designed by the Ministry of Agriculture, and which has been implemented since 2017, when the sector recorded very low prices at origin, this year's stone fruit production has increased considerably. There have been 23% more peaches and 2.8% more plums compared to 2018; however, there has been a decrease in the production of apricots (-7.2%) and cherries (-3.03%).
The main production areas are Catalonia and Aragon for peaches, Murcia and the Region of Valencia for apricots, and Extremadura for plums, which are also grown in Andalusia and the Region of Valencia. With regard to cherries, Aragon has become the largest producer, taking that position from Extremadura, with a volume totaling 37,868 tons.
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 a campaign with normal volumes and a good quality production.