The president of the National Garlic Table, Julio Bacete, stated in the Ordinary General Assembly recently held in Las Pedroñeras that garlic prices are expected to recover as the campaign develops. “Even though prices started the season by being below production costs, we expect the market will, little by little, reactivate in the future. There is no reason for them to be so low," he said.
The production volume is expected to be similar to last year and of higher quality, although there may be more hectares planted in some autonomous regions, mainly in Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla and Leon. There was also talk of a small reduction in calibers in Andalusia. However, the sector is still waiting to see how the weather affects the crops, as the rains could have a negative impact on the campaign.
The National Table also discussed the restrictions faced by the sector, as they would be unable to produce garlic without herbicides and phytosanitary products. "These products prevent the plants from having weeds and help them grow adequately."
The National Garlic Table estimated that the area devoted to growing garlic in Spain would decrease by 1.6% when compared to 2020. According to the entity, Spain has an estimated 27,122 hectares devoted to this crop, 19,394 of which correspond to Castilla-La Mancha, 4,330 hectares to Andalusia, 1,730 to Castilla and Leon, 500 hectares to Extremadura, 810 to Madrid, and 370 hectares to other areas in Spain.
The area devoted to garlic in Castilla-La Mancha, the main producing area in Spain, increased by 1.3%; the area in Andalusia decreased by 2.4%, and the area in the rest of the communities remained practically unchanged.