The 2020 agricultural balance sheet for the province of Malaga, carried out by Asaja, reveals that the turnover of the agricultural sector has totaled 568.5 million Euro. This is 7.3% less than in 2019, when there had already been a drop of 18% compared to 2018.
For the first time in the history of Malaga's agricultural sector, the province's tropical crops have generated a higher turnover than the olive sector, including both olive oil and table olives. According to the balance of the agrarian organization, subtropical crops, with just 11,000 hectares, have managed to close the current year with 163.55 million Euro.
According to Asaja technician Benjamín Faulí, tropical crops have generated 19% more than in 2019. Avocados have helped make a great leap in terms of turnover, reaching a record figure this year with 131.64 million, despite the pandemic. As for mangoes, the other big tropical fruit in Malaga, the production has been reduced, although prices have increased and the turnover has reached 28.35 million.
Citrus crops (oranges, lemons and mandarins, among others) have also yielded good results. The sector has invoiced 70 million Euro, which is 37.27% more than in the previous year (51 million). These are record turnover figures; a result of citrus fruits having been one of the most consumed products during the pandemic. According to Faulí, oranges have seen their turnover double, from 11 million in 2019 to 24 million this year. Meanwhile, lemons have generated 39.6 million.
Herbaceous crops and tubers have performed a lot worse. According to Asaja Málaga, both have invoiced 143.81 million, which is the "lowest figure so far this century."
Asaja has also called attention to the fact that, in some areas, horticultural crops are losing ground to others, such as tropical ones. "In 2010, we had 13,143 hectares devoted to vegetables and tubers; in 2020, this figure stands at 7,439. This entails a 43.4% drop." For Asaja, this loss is the result of competition from other countries, such as Morocco and the Netherlands, and of the difficulties in fighting pests and the entry of new ones.