Demand remains calm at the start of the garlic harvest in the Castilla-La Mancha area, which joins the Andalusian area in the Spring garlic harvesting process. Andalusia has already been harvesting garlic for 10 days. This week, the garlic harvest starts in the region of Castilla-La Mancha, the main producing area of garlic in Spain.
The new President of the National Association of Garlic Producers and Marketers of Spain, ANPCA, Mr. Juan Salvador Peregrin, said this was an exceptional campaign. “In general, the quality of the early Spanish garlic is exceptional this year. We have good calibers and very good yields as a consequence of the good development of the fields this winter and spring. There were adverse climatic events, such as the storm Filomena, snowfall, and strong frosts. However, the crops were not affected by these events thanks to our producers, who have managed to develop the crop masterfully.” Juan Salvador Peregrin said that his goal as the new president of ANPCA was to enhance the cultivation of garlic in Spain and to vindicate its importance at the European and global levels.
The board of directors of the most important association of the sector in Spain of producers and marketers, which brings together 15,420 cultivated hectares of garlic this season and accounts for 77% of the marketed production, was constituted last Wednesday with Juan Salvador Peregrin (SAT Peregrin) as president, Antonio Escudero (Ajoescar SL) as vice president, Jose Carlos Arroyo (Proaco SL) as secretary, Andres Garcia (AG Villodre SL) as treasurer, Maria Moreno (Quintaorden SL), D Salvador Castellanos (Ajos Masalmar SL), Jose Antonio Corell (JA Corell SL), Agustin Ortiz (Coop San Isidro El Santo), and Juan Blazquez (Coop Santa Mónica) as members.
From left to right: Juan Salvador Peregrin, Agustin Ortiz, Jose Carlos Arroyo, Antonio Escudero, Salvador Castellanos, Jose Antonio Corell, Maria Moreno, Juan Blazquez, and Andres Garcia.
Currently, field operations are scarce because the markets are well supplied. Producers expected to start the new campaign with an empty market, but the markets were stocked with the last-minute appearance of stock. This situation is causing a certain calm in the market of origin that has been reflected in an initial price relaxation that is expected to be temporary and only last as the market absorbs the stock that appeared at the last minute.
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