The progress made in the negotiations with Brazil could allow European plum exports to be resumed next year. The Brazilian market closed to this fruit at the beginning of June to prevent the entry of the Lobesia botrana pest into the South American country. This suspension prevented the Spanish region of Extremadura from accessing a key market for its fruit.
As explained by the manager of the Extremadura Fruit Growers Association (Afruex), Miguel Ángel Gómez, the process is pending an inspection visit by Brazilian officials to Extremadura, for which they are already working together with the Ministry of Agriculture.
The objective is for this visit to take place as soon as possible, although they are aware of the difficulties of the current pandemic.
The plums that couldn't be exported to Brazil had to be sold to other markets; some of them not used to the variety intended for Brazil. There has additionally been a greater supply than usual, which has, in turn, caused prices to fall.
Although the situation has improved in recent weeks, nothing has fully compensated for "the loss of the Brazilian market this year," said Gómez.
In addition to the problem in Brazil, there has also been a reduction in the production due to climatic reasons. This year's volume has been around 15% lower than that of 2019. Higher temperatures than usual in various periods during the spring and early summer, have been to blame for much of this decline.
Source: Efeagro / valenciafruits.com