Coronavirus devastates the calçot season

The sector estimates that 25% of the Spanish production will be lost, so it's not possible to celebrate the popular calçotada this season. The calçotada is a celebration in which family, friends, and even companies gather to consume tender roasted calçots (a type of green onion) in their sauce. This vegetable's season abruptly came to its end because of the coronavirus and the extension of the state of emergency to at least April 11.

Mercabarna returned orders last week because there is no demand, either by individuals or by restaurants. Thus, the IGP Calçot de Valls calculate 25% of the production will be lost. They plant 18 million calçots every winter, with the quality certificate, and won't be able to harvest 4.5 million due to this crisis.

The president of the IGP Calçot de Valls, Francesc Xavier Amill, regretted "the loss of 25% of the production. In the best scenario, there will be no profit this year. Some producers will even lose money." The entity's partners have proposed "asking the administrations for help, through subsidies or soft loans," stated Amill.

Another sector that has been very affected by the end of the season is the restaurants specialized in this onion. Most of them are located in the Alt Camp region and many of them only open for the calçot season. According to calculations, the sector will lose 14 million euro this year.

This, in a year in which the sector aimed at achieving production and consumption records. Storm Gloria delayed the season in January, but once the sector overcame it, demand soared and the forecasts were magnificent. Now everything has changed, the season came to an end and there are millions of calçots left in the field due to lack of demand.



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