Gonzalo Mateos, warehouse manager at Cooperativa San Pablo and cherry producer in the Spanish municipality of Arroyomolinos de la Vera, described the cherry campaign in this town of Cáceres as “atypical and one of the worst in the last 20 years.”
Mateos explained that the campaign, which will come to a close in 10 or 15 days, has been marked by the low production and the poor quality of the fruit they are harvesting.
Regarding prices, he said that "they are a little higher than in previous campaigns." However, he believes that this won't make up for "the drop in the production volume," as heavy rains in May damaged much of the fruit that was about to be harvested.
"I don't remember a campaign with so little production"
Eva Albalat, a young producer from Arroyomolinos de la Vera, has also taken stock of the campaign that is about to end. "It hasn't been too good, as the production volumes have been considerably lower than in previous campaigns. I don't remember a campaign with so little production,” she said. As for the quality, she stressed that it has been "quite good."