"We are working relentlessly and will continue to do so until the last pallet of summer fruit leaves our warehouse. The current period is not easy, but complaining only makes things worse. We need to focus on our work and try to improve it," reports Francesca Gallicchio, administrator at Gallicchio Frutta from Scanzano Jonico (Matera).
"The economic crisis initiated by the increase in the price of energy sources and inflation tends to slow markets down, but the optimism and determination that characterize agricultural operators will enable us to emerge as winners this time too. The stone fruit campaign is in full swing with apricots, percoca peaches, peaches, nectarines and plums. We ship around 10 tons of produce to the general markets and various domestic platforms every day."
Lady Cot apricots
"While sales are slow for apricots, the market is good for percoca peaches. Good grades reach €1.40-1.50/kg, while smaller grades are below €1. Percoca peaches seem to be the preferred choice, just like peaches and nectarines, as long as grades are medium-large, even if there are few of them."
Royal Summer peach variety
"Spain is dealing with a lack of produce: we need to take advantage of this rather than wallow in self-pity. We need to talk to buyers to reduce the difference between the price in the fields and that of the shelves as, with an inflation at 6%, it is slowing down purchases. We must also raise the awareness of final consumers on the consequences of climate change for production and promote smaller grades, which often go unsold and are even left on the trees."
"The harvesting of local Coscia pears is starting and will be available until early September. Expectations are excellent, even because the produce is looking very good."