Stone fruit harvesting continues in southern Italy, yet the produce continues to be sold at low prices leading to many problems for producers.
"We started with the Big Top variety around one week ago. Fruits are sub-acidic and medium-late and are mainly popular in the south (Bari, Lecce, Taranto, Napoli) as the slight russeting is not much appreciated in the north. Considering the low volumes harvested, low prices and market complaints, many producers prefer to commercialize the product in cities near the production areas."
"There are many Big Top orchards in the Ionian area. In Basilicata alone, this variety represents around 10% of the land destined to nectarine cultivation. Fruits are currently sold at €0.60/kg. Harvesting operations will end next week."
"The nectarine campaign is almost over and Venus will be the last variety commercialized."
"When it comes to apricots, we are harvesting the Faralia variety, which has good grades and flavor. Prices hover around €0.60-0.70/kg. The harvesting of Farbela peaches has also started (€0.70/kg) and the campaign will last not longer than 15 days. We are also waiting for the harvesting of Royal Glory yellow peaches to commence."
"Demand for percoca peaches is not high despite the low availability, yet quality is good. The harvesting and commercialization of stone fruit in Basilicata is almost over (80-85%). In a few weeks' time, we will be able to make an assessment of a season characterized by bad weather and market crises."