`Spain Expects Stronger Olive Oil Season


Spain Expects Stronger Olive Oil Season

Sep. 19, 2013
Julie Butler

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Early esti­mates sug­gest Spain is set for a return to higher olive oil pro­duc­tion in 2013/13 with a har­vest of well over a mil­lion tons.

After a slump to just under 615,000 this sea­son — down 62 per­cent on the pre­vi­ous one — Car­los Cabanas. direc­tor gen­eral of Pro­duc­tion and Agri­cul­tural Mar­kets in the Span­ish Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food and the Envi­ron­ment, said this week the com­ing har­vest stood to be a more nor­mal” one and in the realm of 1.2 mil­lion tons.

Mean­while, the regional gov­ern­ment of Andalu­sia doesn’t usu­ally release its fore­cast until late in Octo­ber but its Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Fish­eries and Rural Devel­op­ment, Elena Víb­o­ras, said this har­vest was in line to be a big one, though she didn’t release any fig­ures.

And the Span­ish Asso­ci­a­tion of Munic­i­pal­i­ties of the Olive Tree (AEMO) says the indi­ca­tions reach­ing it bode for a rel­a­tively good year, with no bumper crop but a medium-high har­vest.

Gre­go­rio López, olive oil spokesman for COAG, one of Spain’s main farmer unions, said talk of about 1.2 mil­lion tons was rea­son­able but the real­ity could eas­ily be affected by cli­matic events.


Drought and late frost cursed the cur­rent sea­son — from Octo­ber 2012 to the end of this month — but Spain had three bumper years before that, reach­ing a record of 1.6 mil­lion tons in 2011/12.

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