Preliminary estimates for Spain’s 2019 vegetable campaigns indicate an increase in volumes of endive (11.8%), and aubergine (0.4%), but a fall in fava beans (-9.1%), according to data published by the Ministry of Agriculture. As for the estimates of the 2018 harvest, there were increases recorded for cauliflower (+25.8%) and broccoli (+5.4%), but a contraction in the production of lettuce (3.2%),artichoke (-2.4%) and spinach (-2%). As for fruit trees, the estimate for the 2018 kiwi crop shows a significant increase (+23.1%), while there was a slight drop in avocado (-0.9%).
The area of endive production in France is 4% higher than during the 2016-17 campaign, standing at 9,300 ha. However, the acreage remains 4% lower than the five-year average. Estimates for the endive harvest are of 146,600 tons, which is 16% above the average of the last five seasons. Despite the high volumes, endive prices remain above average. In March 2018, they were 8% higher than they were a year previously and 26% above the 2012-2016 average for the same month.
The 2016-2017 endive season ended with high prices (25% above average). The 2017-2018 season kicked off with prices in September that were 19% above the five-year average and remained stable until February, when they slipped slightly, before recovering in March to a level that was 8% higher than the previous year’s March and 26% above average.
Average monthly prices paid to the producer
Exports fell in the first half of the season by 27% to 7,100 tons, while imports grew by 16% to 1,900 tons.