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Spain Expects to Produce 1.25M Tons of Olive Oil in Current Crop Year

By Ephantus Mukundi
Jan. 25, 2022 15:45 UTC

With the olive har­vest well under­way in Spain, author­i­ties expect to pro­duce 1.25 mil­lion tons of olive oil in the 2021/22 crop year, which would amount to approx­i­mately 42 per­cent of the global olive oil pro­duc­tion.

This con­firms fore­casts made a few months ago by the Food Information and Control Agency (AICA) and cor­rob­o­rated by the Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA) Andalusia.

The pre­dic­tions were based on the effects of pro­longed drought on the olive groves in 2021. Rainfall in May was insuf­fi­cient and did not alle­vi­ate the prob­lem.

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According to Cristóbal Cano, UPA Andalsuia’s gen­eral-sec­re­tary for olives and olive oil, ini­tial pro­duc­tion esti­mates were cor­rect.

We will nar­rowly exceed 1.2 mil­lion tons of olive oil this cam­paign,” he said. It must be taken into account that we are prac­ti­cally at 70 per­cent of the har­vest and that, in these months, 867,226 tons have been pro­duced in Spain.”

Given this sit­u­a­tion, we under­stand that it makes no sense for the Andalusian gov­ern­ment to update the pro­duc­tion data pub­lished in September 2021, at the start of the cam­paign,” he added. In the field, what we already said is being con­firmed.”

Cano also con­firmed that 354,000 tons of olive oil, includ­ing imports, had been mar­keted in Spain after the first three months of the 2021/22 crop year, which started in October.

Although it is indeed less oil sold than last year, we have to real­ize that we are com­ing from two record years for sales,” Cano said. This year, we expe­ri­enced lower stocks at the begin­ning of the cam­paign and esti­mated lower pro­duc­tion, so we are going to have less oil to mar­ket.”

Even so, sales, and espe­cially exports, are in very good health,” he added. We have even increased sales in third coun­tries, which shows us, once again, that con­sumers increas­ingly value olive oil as the best veg­etable fat in the world.”

Cano con­cluded by argu­ing that the Spanish olive sec­tor remains the most influ­en­tial for global pro­duc­tion and trade.

He insisted that the only miss­ing com­po­nent is apply­ing the country’s new agri­cul­tural sup­ply chain law and new reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing olive oil qual­ity.


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