The lemon campaign in Vega Baja to start with a 50% drop in production and good prices at origin

Lemon producer from Vega Baja, who last year had a ruinous campaign in which, according to calculations by Asaja Alicante, they had economic losses that amounted to 110 million euro, expect to have a good 2021-2022 campaign thanks to the favorable context in which it will start.

The European lemon market is currently out of supply because the citrus from the southern hemisphere is arriving very slowly as a result of the pests detected, the presence of harmful and prohibited substances in our continent, and the strong increase in costs of maritime transport due to the lack of containers.

In addition, the production of the Verna variety in the southeast of Spain and, specifically, in the south of the province of Alicante (which accounts for 40% of the national production), has decreased by 50% and will reduce this year's harvest to 60,000 or 70,000 tons. This significant loss of kilos is caused by three factors: last year's great harvest, that many trees have still not recovered from the consequences of the DANA, and the abundant rains in April, which affected the trees' flowering.

"All the indicators make us think that, in the coming weeks of the 2021-2022 campaign, lemon producers from Vega del Segura will be in a good position to negotiate and generate multiple operations with favorable prices," stated the President of Young Farmers Asaja Alicante, Jose Vicente Andreu. However, he stressed, we can't overlook that trees carry fewer kilos, so profitability could drop.

Concern about water
Producers are concerned about the water instability generated by the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, who continues her trend of cutting each monthly transfer of the Tajo-Segura aqueduct as long as it remains at a Level 3 threshold, which gives her the power to do so, even against the advice of her own committee of experts, Asaja Alicante stated.

In fact, she has already done so this summer in two ways, stated the president of the agrarian organization. "The last Council of Ministers in July approved a Royal Decree that marks a decrease in the amount to be transferred from 38 to 27 hm³ when the reservoirs of Entrepeñas and Buendía are in Level 2. In addition, they cut the transfer of August so the crops of the Levante only received 6.5 hm³ in the middle of summer, i.e. half of the maximum that would correspond to them in the current Level 3 and of what the technicians from the Central Exploitation Commission had advised."



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