Andalusia hails successful early stone fruit campaign but concerns remain

Wed 22/06/2022 by Richard Wilkinson
Spanish nectarines. Copyright: Asociafruit.

Andalusia’s early peach and nectarine campaign has come to a successful close with strong demand in European markets. While prices have remained at a good level, production costs are estimated to have risen by 30%. The success of the region’s high-quality nectarines has put a halt to the shrinkage of cultivated area seen over the last 15 years, with up to 70% of trees removed in the province of Seville, according to data from Asociafruit.

Around 70% of Andalusia’s stone fruit is destined for export, with France (37%) the main market, followed by Germany (17.5%), Italy (17%) and the Netherlands (5.8%).

However, not all is rosy in the stone fruit sector. There is still a shortage of labour in the fields and warehouses, which is why Asociafruit is calling for migration flows during agricultural campaigns. Another concern is the current drought. Without significantly more rainfall in autumn, irrigation will have to be restricted, which will affect production volumes and quality.

Asociafruit represents 80% of Andalusian stone fruit exports. Currently, the area planted in the province of Seville is 1,298 ha (790 ha of nectarine and 508 ha of peach), with 1,118 ha in Huelva (653 ha of nectarine and 465 ha of peach).

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