Avocados continue to gain ground in the Spanish Region of Valencia, where the acreage devoted to production has grown by 45% in the last year, according to data supplied by the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja). In 2020, it has reached a total of 2,121 hectares.
The Region of Valencia achieved the fastest growth in 2020 and is already the second largest Spanish producer, after Andalusia –which has 15,355 hectares–, accounting for 11% of the total national acreage, which amounts to 18,892 hectares.
The early Fuerte and Bacon varieties have already been harvested. Now it is the turn of the Hass, the most common variety in Malaga, the main Spanish producing area, and in the countries of South America. The harvest of the Lamb Hass, which is the one the Region of Valencia is mostly betting on, given its optimal adaptation to the climate and its higher productivity, will start in April.
AVA-Asaja foresees a 50% drop in the Valencian avocado production due to the fruit setting problems caused by the rains and the trees' discards. With this decline and the entry into production of new hectares, the total volume is expected to come close to 4,000 tons.
Prices range between 2.10 and 2.50 Euro per kilo for the Hass variety. The green-skinned varieties remain at around € 1 and € 1.40 / kg, above the production costs. According to the organization, Valencian avocado growers already generate 10 million Euro, not considering the indirect economy linked to seedlings, handling or transport.
However, AVA and the new Association of Avocado Producers (Asorpoa) have warned of the theft of avocados, encouraged by the good prices that the fruit reaches.