The president of Asaja Málaga, Benjamín Faulí, has informed Efeagro that, due to the trees' behavior, the production of both avocados and mangoes will fall in the 2019/20 campaign. A 15% drop is expected in the avocado volume, in spite of which the total volume could amount to around 51,850 tons, above the 50,000 average of the last five campaigns.
Spanish avocados, whose season kicks off in October and ends in May, are grown in Malaga and Granada (15,000 hectares), the Canary Islands (1,400), Huelva (1,000), Cádiz (800) and the Region of Valencia (600-800), according to data from Asaja.
As for the mangoes, which will start to be harvested this month, the data provided by Faulí correspond only to the production in Malaga, which accounts for 90% of the national volume, with an area of about 4,000 hectares. The decline in the mango production follows a record harvest of 36,000 tons in the 2018/19 season and will still be higher than the average 21,400 tons of the past five campaigns.
"Although it is still too early to know if these initial forecasts will be met, for now the producers speak of "normality" when talking about the upcoming campaign, as the fruit currently appears to be healthy, with no impact from pests or water stress," says Faulí
The Government of Andalusia has recently released a report on the behavior of prices at origin of avocados in the 2018/19 campaign, which stood 16% below (€ 2.15 / kg) to those of the previous season, when they reached a record high € 2.55 / kg.
The analysis concludes that last season "brought a turning point in the upward trend in the price paid to the producers," caused by "the entry into the European market of a high volume of fruit from third countries."