ConservasSep. 5, 2018
Producción de melocotones y nectarines disminuirá en España y aumentará en Grecia para la campaña 2018/19
According to the Spanish industry, latest estimates of Spanish production peach and nectarine production for MY 2018/19 is projected to lower slightly to 1.2 MMT but still accounting for almost 35 percent share of the total EU-28 peach and nectarine production. This is 18.6 percent lower volume compared to the previous season due to unfavorable weather conditions, with a long winter and a wet and cold spring, which reduced the volume harvested.
In Italy, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte, Sicilia, Puglia, Calabria, Basilicata, and Veneto are the main producing regions. Italy’s MY 2018/19 peach and nectarine production is forecast at 1,161,000 MT, 15 percent lower than the previous campaign due to the end of February frost that affected the South. In addition, further area reductions in Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte, Veneto, and Basilicata due to the Sharka disease also support the lower forecast. Italian crop area is around 67,000 ha.
According to the Greek industry, there are approximately 50,000 hectares currently cultivated for peaches and nectarines. The main producing areas include four areas (Imathia, Pella, Pieria, and Kozani) of Central Macedonia located in northern Greece, and the area of Larissa, in Thessaly, Central Greece. Most of the crop is harvested in June and July. Greece’s MY 2018/19 peach and nectarine production is preliminary forecasted to slightly increase by 1.4 percent. July rains did not affect early peach and nectarine varieties but significantly reduced the yields of the late varieties. Greece’s MY2018/19 cling peach crop is forecast to increase by 5.3 percent (400,000 MT), due to new plantations entering production.
2018 France’s peaches and nectarines crop is expected to be down 18 percent from 2017 due to unfavorable weather condition in the spring (late frost followed by excess of moisture), and down 17 percent from the 5 years average due to lower production area. Peach and Nectarine orchards continued to shrink due to poor economic conditions for peach producers in recent years combined with losses of trees due to the Sharka disease.
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