After two years of campaigns with problems and low prices, the sector's optimism has been restored by the early garlic season in the La Mancha region of Las Pedroñeras.
The favorable weather conditions recorded, with high temperatures and no moisture, have played a key role in garlic reaching a good caliber, and the quality this year "is exceptional," according to Julio Bacete, president of the National Garlic Board and of the second degree garlic cooperative COOPAMAN.
In any case, he stresses that it is still early to predict the harvest volume. There are still producers who have not completed the harvest, and until the entire production has been sorted, no reliable estimate can be made.
The start of the season has so far been very favorable, especially due to the good market prospects. Furthermore, it should be noted that the harvest in China will be smaller this year; a very positive circumstance for Spanish garlic. To this we must also add the fact that the chambers at this point are "practically empty." And we shouldn't forget the 25% tariff increase on Chinese garlic by the United States.
The National Association of Garlic Producers and Marketers (ANPCA) of Spain also points to the importance of having avoided the tariff increase in Brazil, so "the market has been favored while one of its main customers overseas has been kept."