After the slowdown in Almeria's horticultural production caused by the cold wave in early January, the rise in temperatures in recent weeks has reactivated the growth of vegetables and their supply is increasing again. Consequently, prices are no longer rising as sharply.
During the first week of January, prices at origin rose in a matter of days for all products, as the production process slowed down. The increases were most noteworthy in the case of horticultural crops such as eggplant, which came close to 4 Euro per kilo; zucchini, which exceeded 2 Euro, and cucumbers, which recorded averages above the 1.5 Euro, when days earlier they barely exceeded 0.20 Euro per kilo.
Overall, there is now a downward trend, although the average prices in the last week of January have not fallen significantly for some vegetables, such as cucumbers. According to the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia, the price of these had dropped to 0.65 Euro per kilo in the fourth week of the year, although the average in the first week of February was reported to reach 1.40 Euro; a similar value to that recorded in early January. The explanation lies in the decline in the production as a result of the uprooting of numerous plantations, as their producers chose not to extend the end of the cycle any longer and to prepare the farm for a new crop for spring.
Meanwhile, peppers are the least affected crop. The average weekly prices recorded during the month of January (one of the months with the highest production in Almeria, along with February) are similar to those of the two previous campaigns, although they are lower in the current one, despite the cold wave.