According to the Regional Minister for Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda, Teresa Jordà, despite its difficult start in spring, this season Lleida's stone fruit achieved the best prices in the last 7 years. The Regional Minister linked the increase in prices to the lack of product throughout Europe due to the frosts of last spring.
Specifically, the large red peach had an average sale price of € 1.10/kg, i.e. 40 cents higher than the price it achieved between 2017 and 2019.
The price of nectarines has almost doubled the price they had in the years prior to the Russian veto and were sold at an average of €1.5/kg.
Prices improved mainly because of the weather and the application of the Department's Stone Fruit Action Plan between 2017 and 2020, Jordà stated.
Government sources emphasized that this plan had allowed them to carry out tasks, such as the plan to uproot fruit trees, which has become an absolutely necessary action to adapt the supply to the existing demand in the market and reverse the price crisis.
A historic drop in production
Despite this good consolidation and price recovery, this year there was a historic drop in production, the regional minister stated.
Specifically, the nectarine harvest amounted to 2,444,922 tons, i.e. 18% less than last year and the lowest figure in the last 30 years.
In general terms, Catalonia produced 307,000 tons, i.e. 11% less than in 2020 and 34% less than in the last 7 years.
Catalonia has the potential to produce 550,000 tons, so we could say that the region produced 43% or 240,000 tons less than what it could produce.