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Spain: Value of Almeria's table grape production up 9%

With 105 hectares of grapevines –the same acreage as last year-, the province of Almeria, Spain, has obtained a table grape harvest this year of 2,531 tonnes, which is 2.14% more than in 2011, according to data from the Department of Research and Statistics of the Territorial Delegation for Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment. This increase is due to an improvement in performance, with around 24,100 kilos of grapes per hectare. 

The total value of the table grape harvest has increased to almost 884,000 Euro, almost 9% more than last season; an increase explained, in part, by the larger volumes, but also to the development of prices, which according to the Territorial Delegate of the Council for Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment, José Manuel Ortiz, have been better than last season, "with an average of 0.35 cents, compared to the 0.33 of 2011." 

By varieties, 43% of the table grapes produced in Almeria are 'Napoleon', with 1.17 million kilos. The second is the 'Autumn Black', representing 33.1%, with more than 900,000 kilos. The percentage of the 'Ohanes' variety is just 3.8%, while the 'Apirenas' (seedless) has reached a production of 36,000 kilos (3.3% of the total). The best paid variety is the 'Red Globe', which has reached an average price of 0.58 Euro per kilo, while the 'Apirena' has reached an average of 0.51 Euro.


Source: Almeria360.com

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