Broccoli producers in Extremadura are ruling out the summer campaign because of the lack of rainfall in the area. This year the area devoted to this crop, which exceeded 5,000 hectares a couple of campaigns ago, has already decreased.
Jose Cruz, the secretary of Agriculture, said that broccoli helped tomato farmers supplement their income. “It allows producers to get more money. The problem is that, depending on the availability of water, it also has its ups and downs."
In addition, producing one hectare costs more than 3,000 euro, stated Antonio Aguiler, a producer. "Prices go up and our expenses increase in the field. This year, fertilizer costs have increased by 100%. It's impossible to grow these products if the crops' prices aren't stable and production costs increase."
The sector demands fair prices so that broccoli can consolidate itself as one of the most outstanding winter crops in the region.