According to the president of the Agrupación de Cooperativas Agrarias de Extremadura (Acopaex), Domingo Fernández, the tomato campaign in the Spanish region of Extremadura will be delayed by around a week as a result of the spring rains, which delayed the planting. Consequently, the harvest is expected to start in early August.
Fernández said that this delay will not affect the production, as the second half of the campaign can make up for it. "A normal campaign is expected," with the prospect of obtaining 2.2 million tons. Also, as long as there are no significant new outbreaks, the coronavirus should not take a toll on the season or on foreign sales.
The campaign is starting at a time when the price of tomato concentrate has increased by more than 10% compared to a year ago; a result of the reduction in the production of this vegetable in some countries.