The 2018-2019 strawberry campaign in the Spanish province of Huelva has come to a close with a total production of 340,471 tons (grown on 6,774 hectares), which represents an increase of 2% compared to the previous season. The turnover has amounted to about 553 million Euro, which is around 7% more than in the 2017-2018 campaign.
The season kicked off with some difficulties, as it was delayed by the autumn rains and the need to replant more than usual, especially in the case of the Rociera and Primoris varieties.
This delay resulted in a decline of the volumes sold between December and January, although price levels were still higher than those obtained in the same weeks of the previous campaign. There was a greater volume of strawberries available between February and April compared to the average of the last six campaigns, with 35.5% of the campaign's total strawberry production being marketed in March.
The end of the 2018-19 campaign arrived earlier than usual, in the second half of May, as there were good weather conditions in the fruit's main destinations, and those local productions also arrived somewhat earlier.
During the campaign as a whole, the weighted average price of the first class strawberry in the domestic market, where a total of 101,200 tons have been sold, reached 1.08 Euro per kilo, which entails an estimated 82 million Euro in sales.
With regard to exports, between December 2018 and June 2019, strawberry exports of Andalusian origin amounted to 239,285 tons; a volume that is 7.75% higher than that achieved in the same period of the previous campaign.
In terms of value, there was a 2.2% increase compared to last year, with the total standing at 471.1 million Euro.
As for the unit value of the exported strawberries, although lower compared to the same period of the previous campaign, the level reached (1.97 Euro per kilo) is still one of the highest achieved in the last seven campaigns.