thanks to a double cultivation cycle:

Spain: Almeria's production reaches 41,375 hectare equivalent

According to data provided by Andalusia's Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment, the province of Almeria devoted 41,375 hectares to various greenhouse crops during the 2012/2013 campaign, which is a 44.79% increase over the real greenhouse acreage, which was of 28,576 hectares, thanks to a double cultivation cycle.

According to the said Council, it is the second campaign in a row in which Almeria's greenhouse acreage has increased.

By areas, 71.59% are in the region of Poniente (20,457 hectares); 26.42% in Níjar/Bajo Andarax (7,549 hectares) and 1.99% in Bajo Almanzora.

In crops, of the 41,375 hectares devoted to the eight main vegetables (including melon and watermelon) in Almeria's greenhouses, the largest part of the acreage corresponded to tomatoes, with a total of 10,232 hectares; 13.52% more than in the previous campaign.

8,406 hectares were devoted to peppers (+14,58%); 6,358 hectares to courgettes (+11.56%); 4,959 hectares to watermelons (+7.45%); 4,920 hectares to cucumbers (+8.54%); 3.211 hectares to melons (+6.93%); aubergines, which were the only crop losing acreage, reached 2,006 hectares (-8.36%). Lastly, 1,283 hectares were devoted to green beans, which is a 12.84% growth over the previous campaign.


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