The tomato campaign has already started in the Spanish region of Extremadura with the planting of 13,772 hectares by growers from cooperatives and Producer Organizations associated with Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias Extremadura. The acreage devoted to this crop in the region is expected to amount to 24,000 hectares and the initial contract is for almost 2,199,724 tons.
The data confirms an increase in the contracted tomato acreage (+4.5%), from the 22,907 hectares contracted at the beginning of the 2019 campaign to this year's 24,000 hectares.
Total tomato contracting in Extremadura has increased by 7% compared to the previous campaign, when it stood at 2,043,790 tons, although the final production delivered amounted to 2,209,355 tons.
The cooperatives and Producer Organizations associated with the aforementioned federation have initially contracted almost 1,247,967 tons for this 2020 campaign, which is 57% of the region's tomato procurement and an increase compared to the initial figure of the previous campaign, which was 1,194,306 tons.
Likewise, the volume contracted by the four industries of the cooperative sector (Meat and Vegetables, Pronat, Tomalia and Tomates del Guadiana) amounts to 825,405 tons, which is 5% more than last season's initial figure, in which these cooperative industries transformed more than 850,000 tons. The four industries thus account for 38% of the initial contracting in the region.
The industial tomato campaign in Extremadura has been slightly delayed due to the recent rains and storms, which have prolonged the transplanting process and disrupted the schedules of the producer organizations. However, despite this delay, the cooperatives and Producer Organizations of Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias Extremadura have already transplanted a third of the expected acreage and will fulfill their commitments.