Crops of peaches in Italy fall to a 25-year low


Crops of peaches in Italy fall to a 25-year low

05/26/2020

The total production of peaches and nectarines for the fresh market this year will decrease by 19% compared with the previous one and will amount to only 2.4 million tons

Peach production in Italy this year will fall to a 25-year low, decreasing by 28% compared to 2019, FreshPlaza reports citing the results of the MedFEL video conference, which traditionally announced the forecast for peach production in Italy, Greece, Spain and France.

Crop declines are also expected in other key peach producing countries in the EU. So, according to industry associations of these four countries, the total production of peaches and nectarines for the fresh market this year will decrease by 19% compared with the previous one and will amount to only 2.4 million tons. Compared with the average yield over the past six years, output will also be lower by 19%.

The main reason for such a sharp fall in crops is the frost, which in March-April hit the main regions of production, such as Aragon and Catalonia in Spain, the Rhone Valley in France and the northern regions in Italy. Manufacturers of the latter suffered especially from them: for example, a drop in production in Emilie-Romagna may, according to preliminary estimates, reach 80%.

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As a result, it is Italy that will suffer the largest losses in peach production among these four countries. Frosts and a general reduction in the area under peach orchards in the northern regions of the country will lead to the lowest yield of peaches in at least 25 years. Compared to the previous year, the production of these fruits for the fresh market will decrease by 28% to 820 thousand tons.

In Spain, in addition to frost in Aragon and Catalonia, heavy rain in the south of the country (Murcia and Andalusia) also played a role in reducing production. Nevertheless, the drop in yield here will still be somewhat less significant than in Italy. According to preliminary data, in comparison with the previous year, the production of peaches and nectarines for the fresh market in Spain will decrease by 14% to 1.11 million tons.

In Greece, frost also hit the main production region (region of Macedonia), and production will fall by 10% to slightly above 300 thousand tons. In France, the peach harvest for the fresh market will be 7% lower than last year, and will amount to 193 thousand tons.

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