Spanish aubergine growers lose 2,500 euros per hectare

Aubergine producers in the province of Almeria have suffered a net loss of 2,500 euros per hectare, according to estimations by Hortoinfo based on data from the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia and its Prices and Markets Observatory.

The acreage devoted to the cultivation of aubergines in the province of Almeria in the 2014/2015 campaign has reached 2,400 hectares, up 25.77 percent compared to the previous season. A total of 188.3 million kilos have been produced (+25.48%), with an average price of 0.46 euros per kilo (-13.21%) and a yield of 7.85 kilos per square metre, 0.25 percent less than in the previous campaign.

Revenues and costs
Growers have obtained a total of 88 million euros in revenue from the sale of this vegetable, with overall net losses amounting to 5.65 million euros after deducting production costs. The figures per hectare reveal a gross income of 36,100 euros, but with losses amounting to 2,500 euros per hectare after deducting production costs.

The cost of production, according to the latest report of the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia, stands at 3.86 euros per square metre, including labour.

A gross income of 3.61 euros per square metre has been obtained, while the net income, after deducting all costs, stands at -0.25 €/sqm, with a net loss of 0.03 euros per kilo.


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