In the framework of a meeting held in Merida by the Association of Fruit Growers of Extremadura (Afruex), the organization's manager, Miguel Ángel Gómez, made an estimate of this campaign's plum harvest, with a volume expected to exceed 90,000 tons, from a potential oscillating between 120,000 and 130,000 tons.
According to Gómez, the fruit campaign in Extremadura is developing with the expected average figures, even though peaches have had "quite a tough campaign," commercially speaking, with a very slow market and fairly tight prices, in addition to significant losses in the production due to hail.
With regard to plums, the campaign had been almost ideal until this spring, but hailstorms also caused some volume losses. After the arrival of the first varieties to the markets, sales have been quite slow, but fruit growers hope that "things will improve as the days go by," said the manager of Afruex.
Gómez also lamented the severe damage caused to cherry trees by last Monday's hailstorm in the town of Tornavacas and warned that now any kind of of rain will be harmful to the fruit currently in the trees. He explained that the cherry campaign in the Jerte Valley was going well and hoped there would be no more meteorological incidents. Gómez also hoped that the support given this year so that cherry growers could contract agricultural insurance continue in successive campaigns.
For his part, the president of Afruex said that entrepreneurs are respecting the minimum wage established, but insisted that this is leading the sector to a lack of competitiveness.