Good 2019/20 pear campaign expected in Spain

The Spanish pear production in the 2019/20 campaign is expected to amount to 330,511 tons, according to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture. This is a slightly higher figure than the one provided in the latest edition of Prognosfruit.

In Spain, the production is concentrated in Catalonia, with 135,000 tons (the same volume as in the previous campaign); Aragon, with 51,158 tons (-8.2%); La Rioja, with 53,000 tons (-6.2%); Murcia, with 27,000 tons (+4.8%); Castile-Leon, with 16,000 tons (-4.6%) and Extremadura, with 6,000 tons (+ 87%). The export of Spanish pears in 2018 totaled 93,708 tons, with imports amounting to 43,369 tons.

Pear consumption in households in Spain has recorded a falling trend in the last 5 years, going from 279,000 tons in 2014 to 229,000 in 2018. Last year, the per capita consumption stood at 4.96 kg.

According to Joan Serentill, of the Association of Producer Organizations of Catalonia, AFRUCAT, and Chairman of the Pear and Apple Committee of FEPEX, in Spain, the prospects for the 2019/2020 campaign of these two pome fruits are very positive due to several factors. Most importantly, there has been a good production Spain, with good calibers and quality, and this coincides with a significant reduction of the production volumes in the whole of the Union. In some countries, like Italy, there are also issues with the fruit's calibers.



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