Spain: Almeria increases cucumber export prices by 20%

The 2012/2013 campaign was a little better for Almeria's cucumber producers, as export prices increased by around 20%, according to data provided by Andalusia's Government. The price per kilo reached 0.889 Euro, while in the previous campaign (2011/2012) it was of 0.738 Euro per kilo.

During the campaign that finished last August, Almeria exported approx 34,000 tonnes of cucumbers valued at 302.91 million Euro and in the previous season, export volumes reached almost 37,0000 tonnes valued at 271.86 million Euro. The 2010/2011 campaign saw 31,000 tonnes in exports valued at 234.28 million Euro, while in the 2009/2010 season the volume was of 28,000 tonnes, for which importers paid 212.31 million Euro.

Acreage and production
The acreage devoted to cucumber cultivation in Almeria in the 2012/2013 campaign was 4,920 hectares which, with a yield of approx 1 tonne per m², reached a total production of just over 41,000 tonnes.

Taking into account the prices at origin provided by Andalusia's Prices and Markets Observatory, the value of Almeria's cucumber production reached 238.49 million Euro; 39.40% more than in the 2011/2012 campaign, when the value of Almeria's cucumbers was of 171.09 million Euro.

The average price at origin obtained during the 2012/2013 campaign by cucumbers of the Almeria variety was of 0.62 Euro per kilo; the short variety reached 0.50 Euro per kilo and the French 0.41 Euro per kilo (1000 kilo = 1 tonne)


Source: hortoinfo.es

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