Unlike some Spanish producing areas that are lacking manpower to carry out their summer fruit and vegetable campaigns because of the health crisis, such as Huelva in the current berry season, the province of Almeria isn't facing this problem.
Almeria, which is known as Europe's pantry, has enough personnel to carry out the harvest, as most of the workers who carry out this work live in the province itself. This has been confirmed by sources within the sector, such as the Coexphal cooperative association, which encompasses 80% of Almeria's production. They assure that the province isn't affected by this because it follows an annual production model. In addition, the model is based on family farming, which usually does not cover more than two or three hectares per farm, and therefore does not require as much labor for a few limited months, but carries roughly the same staff numbers throughout the campaign.
"Our farmers have always been concerned with having a very stable workforce (immigrant and national) that is settled in the area and committed to it," sources from Coexphal stated.
The agrarian organizations and the cooperatives in the area agree that they don't have any supply problem because of a lack of workforce in the fields. "There is no record of labor problems at the moment. The stone fruit harvest will start soon and we'll see what happens then," Asaja stated. In fact, the first batches of watermelon and melon are already coming out, mainly from the western region of Almeria.