Almeria to grow long cucumbers on 4,920 hectares

This season Almeria will dedicate a total of 4,920 hectares to cucumber cultivation, 8.5% more than the previous year (4,533 hectares). In the 2010/2011 season the acreage was 4,498 hectares, and in 2009/2010 4,498 hectares, according to figures from the regional Department of Agriculture in Andalusia.

Production increased by a mere 0.94%. In 2012/2013 411,189 tons was produced; in 2011/2012 this was 407,354 tons, 421,635 tons in 2010/2011 and 378,317 tons of cucumbers in 2009/2010. This season 8.36 kilos per square foot was produced while the previous season yielded 8.9 kilos per square meter, 9.27 kilos in 2010/2011 and 8.41 kilos in 2009/2010.

In September and October 2012 the price did not exceed € 0.30 / kg. In November, the price rose significantly. After the Dutch harvest export demand increased. The low harvest of early cultivation was not put on the market in October and early November, resulting in another price increase.

Dutch export started in mid-March and coincided with the spring harvest in Almeria. This led to unfavourable supply and demand, causing in turn to a gradual decline to a minimum in April (€ 0.26 / kg). In May a good price was paid on the national market. The cucumber exports to France and Portugal yielded on average 0.40 euros per kilo.

Source: Hortoinfo

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