According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food's forecast for the month of May, the estimated production of stone fruit will reach 1.3 million tonnes, in the absence of nectarine data. This figure is 4% less than the average for the last five seasons and 1% less than in 2018.
The analysis of the season, carried out at a sector meeting chaired by the General Manager of Agricultural Productions and Markets, Esperanza Orellana, has shown that, despite a complicated start due to the lack of demand in foreign and national markets, it has returned to the usual prices for this season, with a fluid commercialisation rate at a general level.
In relation to the demands of some sector representatives regarding possible unfair practices in purchases from farmers, the Director explained the controls that are being carried out in the summer fruit campaign and how inspections have been made in all producing regions. In this way, she has encouraged the sector to report any possible breaches of the Chain Law.
On the other hand, the meeting highlighted the need to make progress in improving the structure of production and the organisation of the sector, in order to respond better to the challenges posed in successive seasons, especially to respond to the demand of both internal and external markets, with the varieties and qualities that consumers demand.
Likewise, the General Director has transmitted the offer of the Ministry to re-examine the plan of measures for sweet fruit, approved in 2018, with the aim of reinforcing those measures that contribute to guaranteeing structural improvement and stability in the sector and in quotations.
Melon and watermelon
The meeting also dealt with the situation of other summer fruits such as melon and watermelon, products that share markets and calendars, where, according to the Ministry's forecasts, a reduction in melon surface area and stability in watermelon production is expected.
In relation to these products, Agriculture has undertaken to improve the monitoring and information available on imports into the Union from third countries.
Source: Europa Press / lavanguardia.com