Afrucat: Spain must reduce peach and nectarine acreage by 15%

Tue 21/11/2017 by Richard Wilkinson
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Catalonia’s business association has drawn up a plan together with Stone fruit prodcuers to reduce Spain’s growing area for these fruits by 15%. This is the conclusion drawn from a study using data from the past campaigns, which calculated the current area of ​​peach and nectarine cultivation at 80,000 hectares, of which 23,000 hectares are located in Catalonia.
In a statement, the organisation stated that the plan would involve providing aid of about €4,500 per hectare, with producers making the commitment not to plant any stone fruit varieties again.
According to calculations, implementing the plan would cost Spain about 55 million euros, which would be less than what Catalan producers lost in the last stone fruit season.

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