According to agricultural forecasts released by Portugal’s National Institute of Statistics (INE), an increase of 40 percent in pear production is also forecast compared to last season. Almond production has seen the highest levels in the last 24 years.
As for annual crops, the highlight goes to tomato for the industry which, as a result of a historically high unitary yield, once again exceeds 1.5 million tons. Kiwi production is also expected to record a record this year, despite the smaller production size of the fruit. The INE report states: “A 10 percent increase in production is expected compared to the previous campaign, reaching, for the first time since there are systematic statistical records, the 50,000 ton mark”, in other words, “the biggest production of the last 35 years.”