Despite the fact that the start of the garlic campaign in Cordoba was marked by uncertainty due to the shortage of labor, the harvest has been proceeding normally and, as stated by the national president of the Garlic Sector at Asaja, Miguel del Pino, "the prospect is that it will be extraordinary in terms of volume, with a high quality production."
In fact, with the exception of some small farms, it is guaranteed that there will be enough laborers, both for the picking, with the garlic extracted from the soil in a mechanized way, and for its later handling. Those workers usually come from Romania and Morocco, but this time the tasks will be carried out by Spaniards.
Asaja has a job bank with 5,900 people willing to participate in the garlic campaign in the province of Cordoba, taking logistics operators and packers into account.
Regarding the market price, Miguel del Pino is optimistic, saying that "the first garlic that hits the shelves in Europe is that of Cordoba", where 90% of the production is intended for export. At the beginning of the campaign, there is no fixed price, but given that Chinese garlic, which accounts for 83% of the global production, won't arrive until July, and that its entry into the European Union will be limited, the market is going to be empty of garlic. There are no cold stores, and the price is now high."
The latest data published by the Andalusian Government, corresponding to 2017, say that the province of Cordoba accounts for 31,174 tons of garlic; 42.36% of Andalusia's total (73,601). This is twice as much as Seville, with 15,512 tons and 21.08%.
Source: Efe / lavanguardia.com