Watermelons and melons are still very important crops for the spring cycle in Almeria, where watermelons account for 18% of the cultivated area in this cycle and melons for 5%. The Andalusian province is Spain's largest watermelon exporter and the second largest for melons.
This season, the acreage devoted to watermelon cultivation has amounted to 10,630 hectares, 106 more than last season, which represents an increase of 1%. In the case of melons, 2,841 hectares have been planted this season, 252 more, which entails an increase of almost 10%.
The watermelon marketing campaign started in early April, somewhat later than in previous seasons due to the weather conditions, as did the melon marketing, which also started later, in late April.
The harvest of the greenhouse productions has already been completed and now is the time for the watermelon and melon campaign in the Levante area of Almería, which will continue until the end of July.
The watermelon production has reached 606,000 tons and that of melons has amounted to over 122,000 tons. In the case of watermelons, the production has been almost 3% greater than last season, and in that of melons it has been almost 1% higher.
This year, the Territorial Delegation for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development has carried out 107 controls in 32 marketing companies to ensure that the melons and watermelons reaching consumers meet the necessary quality standards. In total, 1,570,000 kilos have been inspected, with high degree of compliance with the required quality parameters confirmed for both products.