The campaign in Almeria has not had a good start. In addition to concerns about the spread of the so-called New Delhi virus, prices for the main horticultural products are not high enough to cover their production costs. During week 41, from 7 to 13 October, prices were already low, and they dropped even further between 14 and 20 October for products like cucumbers, particularly of the Almeria variety; aubergines and peppers.
Almeria and French cucumbers, at around 0.20-0.28 Euro per kilo initially and final auctions of up to 0.10 Euro, only bring losses to producers, which is also the case for aubergines, with prices oscillating between 0.10 and 0.30 Euro per kilo, or peppers, with prices no higher than 0.70 Euro per kilo. In the case of Green Morron peppers, initial prices reached 0.55 Euro per kilo, with final sales at barely 0.35 Euro. The same happens with tomatoes, whose price (in the vine) does not even reach 0.40 Euro per kilo, while the M calibre long-life has stayed below 0.30 Euro.
The only vegetables that are not yet in this situation are courgettes, which have seen a steadily price increase during week 42, slightly surpassing the 0.70 Euro per kilo, as well as short cucumbers, which have gone from 0.40 Euro to twice that figure. Nevertheless, prices at final auctions have been terrible in both cases, with just 0.10 Euro for courgettes and 0.30 Euro per kilo for short cucumbers.
Growers are already looking forward to a drop in temperatures, so that hopefully a general increase in the price of horticultural products takes place.