Although many growers are calling the wet and cold weather brought by Storm Filomena ‘a blessing,’ the low temperatures and heavy rain have led to a surge in prices for many crops. Most citrus fruit in Spain, such as lemons and oranges, are thriving after the brief bad spell, but overall there are fewer fresh fruits and vegetables available both in Spain and for export to Europe than usual.
Aubergines, courgettes and asparagus have been some of the first to see a significant cost increase, with courgettes costing doubled in price and tomato crops now selling for 60 per cent more than they did before Christmas.
Euroweeklynews.com quoted Francisco Alemañ, acting president of the Association of Concessionaires of the Municipal Markets of Alicante, as saying: “The product is not removed from the bushes at the same speed in the cold weather. The Mediterranean provinces are the vegetable gardens of Europe and countries like Germany are willing to pay more, so there is little merchandise left here. The market demands, but there is little product and a lot of demand.”
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