In the province of Castellon, the area devoted to the cultivation of summer fruits has fallen by 25% in the last five years. According to the latest agricultural report from the regional government, Castellon has 2,334 hectares devoted to the cultivation of summer fruits, mostly watermelons and cherries.
In the municipality of Salzadella, one of the most important cherry producers, the lack of rainfall and the frosts recorded in the winter months have resulted in a drastic reduction of the harvest, down to around 80,000 kilos. Most of the cherries from the province are marketed in the Region of Valencia, with very little fruit intended for export.
In the case of watermelons, the crop is mostly grown on the three coastal municipalities of the Maestrat: Vinaròs, Benicarló and Peñíscola. In fact, the Benihort cooperative alone accounts for 70% of the province's production, supplying 10 million kilos of this typically summer fruit.