The president of Interprofesional de Melón y Sandía de Castilla-La Mancha, Cristóbal Jiménez, has asked growers in the sector not to bring forward fruit harvesting to avoid overproduction which, at certain times, could ruin the season, as happened last year in August.
Jiménez has confirmed that the planted area for melon and watermelon is practically unchanged in Castilla-La Mancha; only watermelon could show a small increase of 200 hectares. According to data published by the Ministry of Agriculture, melon production last year reached 244.3 million kilos in the region. For its part, regional production of watermelon in 2018 was 178.4 million kilos. This year, the sector estimates that production will be similar to last year.
Gradually, in the coming weeks, harvesting of melon and watermelon will begin. Now it is the Murcia region which is immersed in the season. Before that, it was Valencia and, firstly, Almeria. The melon price situation there is not particularly good, but they are confident that it will change as the weeks go by.
The President of Interprofesional, Cristóbal Jiménez, reminded us that Castilla-La Mancha is one of the four largest geographical areas most representative, at national level, in the cultivation of melon and watermelon. Jiménez stressed that the quality of the Castilian-La Mancha sector is very high. The President has asked the sector for optimism and has explained that "we have good varieties, a harvest in optimum conditions for consumption and adequate commercialisation at competitive prices".