Dutch cucumber producers obtain 68.97 kilos per square meter; 716.21 percent more than Spaniards, who do not exceed 8.45 kilos per square meter, according to data processed by Hortoinfo and supplied by the statistical agency of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO).
It must be taken into account that the Dutch production is carried out exclusively in greenhouses, while in the countries of southern Europe there is a part of the production that takes place in the open ground.
The FAO data correspond to the calendar year 2017 (January-December), which are the latest published by the aforementioned agency.
According to the FAO data, in 2017, the production of cucumbers in the European Union (EU) stood at 2,785.69 million kilos, grown on an area of 51,084 hectares, and with an average yield per square meter of 5.45 kilos.
The largest European cucumber producer is Spain, with a total of 634.82 million kilos; 22.79 percent of the total, to which it devoted an area of 7,510 hectares, obtaining a yield per square meter of 8.45 kilos.
Poland is in second place, with a production totaling 543.73 million kilos, an area of 15,031 hectares and a yield of 3.62 kilos per square meter.
The third place in the ranking corresponds to the Netherlands, with a production of 400 million kilos of cucumbers cultivated on 580 hectares, obtaining a yield of 68.97 kilos / m2.
The fourth place is for Germany, with a production of 256.69 million kilos of cucumbers cultivated on 2,345 hectares, with a yield of 10.95 kilos / m2.
Romania was the fifth largest European producer of cucumbers in 2017, with a total of 196.85 million kilos, an area of 14,162 hectares and a yield of 1.39 kilos per square meter.