The Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese garlic group met on April 6. The meeting, which wasn't attended by representatives of Portugal, focused on the development of the current season in the aforementioned countries, and the forecasts for the 2021 campaign.
The French professionals estimated that the area sown with garlic this season will be similar to 2,700 hectares planted last year, and that production would amount to more than 20,000 tons. According to estimates, the area in Italy will amount to nearly 3,400 hectares, similar to that of the previous season.
Meanwhile, in Spain, the area devoted to this production will grow by 6% reaching 28,000 hectares, according to information provided by the representatives of the National Association of Garlic Producers and Marketers, ANPCA, integrated in FEPEX. Andalusia's garlic campaign will begin in a month and the campaign in Castilla-La Mancha in approximately two and a half months.
ANPCA also reiterated three demands to the group. They reiterated the importance of adding value to the community garlic and its quality standards and asked the professional organizations in France and Italy to support the creation of a European quality label. The Spanish association also highlighted the importance of the correct labeling of the merchandise, especially in relation to the country of origin.
Finally, they proposed that the plenary of the Joint Committee ask the European Commission to clarify the data on garlic imports from China. In this sense, they stated that the import data should appear according to tariff headings, by quantities, by value, and by origin to rule out possible fraud that harms community productions, as -for example- by importing Chinese frozen garlic as if it were fresh.