The Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA) has published its stone fruit production forecasts for this summer indicating that it will be the lowest production in recent years, even below last season's production, which was already low.
The organization stated that the Government's estimates, which placed the production at more than a million tons, could be too optimistic, as they didn't take into account the storms that affected the fruit trees in April, May, and June.
Thus, UPA estimates production will be 20% lower than the average of the last five seasons (without considering the losses produced since April). The meteorological phenomena affected Catalonia and Aragon the most, as they had production drops that ranged from 20% to 50% in some areas.
According to UPA affiliates, despite the decrease in production and a smooth output of the product, prices paid to farmers at origin have not taken off and haven't reached the levels expected when there is product scarcity.
UPA acknowledged that they cannot find an explanation to justify this market behavior, except outright speculation given the fall in stone fruit production this summer.
The organization has asked the General Directorate of Agricultural Productions and Markets to organize a meeting of the Stone Fruit Table to seek possible solutions for this issue. "Otherwise, despite the low productions, it will be another precarious campaign for producers or in the best of cases of mere survival."