High demand for large-sized Spanish onions

The Association of Onion Producers of Castile-La Mancha, PROCECAM, has held its 2017 General Assembly. The meeting has served to showcase the different projects in which the Association is involved and has also featured a round table discussion on the situation of the onion market in Spain and its development prospects.

Overall, the analysis carried out by PROCECAM highlighted the high demand for large calibres at the moment, with a good performance in the foreign markets due to their good quality. However, onions of smaller sizes are being mainly sold in the domestic market, which is resulting in a more stable demand. In the figures presented in the report of the president of PROCECAM, Mr Justo Gutiérrez, he explained that although the official figures show an increase in the acreage in the 2017 campaign, the final marketable production has been lower than in the 2016 campaign. This is mainly due to the lower yields per hectare recorded in most of the farms in the province of Albacete, which is currently the largest producing area in Spain.

The stored volumes this campaign are around 10% smaller than those of the previous season, with a quality that is considered good and about 35% consisting of large calibres.

Internationally, most concerns focus on the large European production of onions, which again exceeded 6 million tonnes. However, there are many doubts about whether all this production can finally be marketed, because the quality of the onion at the time of storage was not as good as in the previous campaign.

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