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Low prices for Badajoz nectarines and peaches due to larger crop and smaller sizes

"We were expecting higher plum prices this year given the lower availability

A drop of between 30 and 40% in the plum production in Extremadura, Spain's main production area for this fruit, is not translating into much higher prices compared to last season, which represents a challenge, especially for large companies with high costs. The high production of small-sized peaches and nectarines is putting downward pressure on prices. Meanwhile, the difficulty in finding skilled labor is making things increasingly challenging for Extremadura's fruit sector.

"Our plum production has fallen by around 30% this year, from one million kilos last season to around 700,000 kg this year," says Justo Redondo, Manager of Nogal Fruits, located in the municipality of Don Benito, Badajoz.

"At the moment, we are working with varieties like the Black Splendor, whose production has been reduced by 15%, but whose price has only increased by around 5 cents compared to last year. We have many buyers interested in yellow plums, but it is very difficult to get them this year, because the production has plummeted," he says.

"The truth is that this hasn't been a bad season for us, but we were expecting higher prices for the plums, considering the lower supply. Also worth highlighting is the good quality and flavor of the fruit this season," says Justo Redondo. "For small companies like ours, the plum season will be fine, but the larger ones will have more difficulties, given the significantly lower production and high costs," he says.

Meanwhile, nectarine and peach prices are falling sharply compared to the same period last year, according to the grower and exporter. "High yields have been achieved with the peach and nectarine crops. There is more fruit on the trees and an abundance of small sizes. Prices are up to 30 cents lower compared to last season."

According to Justo Redondo, the biggest challenge for the fruit sector in Extremadura is undoubtedly the shortage of labor. "It is becoming increasingly difficult to find workers with a certain amount of experience. This is why we are investing in automation, so that we can ensure our survival in the future."

For more information:
Justo Redondo López
Nogal Fruits
Tel.: +34 927117017
[email protected]

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