The tomato harvest in the Spanish province of Badajoz will start approximately on July 25, which is one week earlier than in the 2018 campaign. According to the Association of Agricultural Cooperatives of Extremadura (Acopaex), this early start is due both to an early planting in the spring and the forecast of high temperatures in July.
The harvest in the approximately 25,000 hectares that have been cultivated should have a normal development, so the production volumes are expected to be normal or even slightly greater than usual, as long as no storms are recorded in the coming weeks. These forecasts point to a production of about 90,000 kilos per hectare.
In terms of prices, the sector will get around 75 Euro per ton. This price, which is similar to last year's, is already set in contracts signed in February.
Meanwhile, the lower tomato production from countries such as China, Italy or the United States has led to a decline in the stock of Extremadura tomatoes in recent weeks. In the case of the Asian giant, it is mainly a decision based on prices, while in Italy and the United States it is fundamentally due to the weather conditions.
Extremadura's production is exported mainly to Germany, France and the United Kingdom, as well as to various South American markets.
Source: Efe / hoy.es