Spain: Drought threatens tropical fruits; production can fall by up to 80%

Updated Sep 25, 2023
This is what the president of the Spanish Tropical Association (AET), Álvaro Palacios, explained in statements to Efeagro, who stressed that the “only balance” that can be made of the sector is “bad.” The situation facing the sector is characterized by one of the “most serious” droughts in recent years, with a “dramatic” impact on farms, especially on avocados. In detail, the association's data points to a drop of around 60% of the avocado during the 2022/2023 campaign, some "bad data" that joins the "great" drop in volume of the mango campaign, with a estimated decrease of 80%, about 15,000 total tons. The forecast is more positive in other crops such as cherimoya and papaya; Regarding this first, Palacios has clarified that in the areas where it is cultivated on the Tropical Coast of Granada, despite the drought, irrigation facilities have been maintained in “better conditions” than in the case of Axarquía (Málaga). Although the sector does not have an exact x-ray of how ...
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