The tomato campaign in the Spanish region of Extremadura has come to an end with very positive results. The sector has achieved record yields and the production in stock with the potential to shape prices is lower. According to the president of the Association of Agricultural Cooperatives of Extremadura (Acopaex), Domingo Fernández, this year there has been a production of just over two million tons of tomatoes; a similar figure to the average obtained in recent years.
The most positive aspect has been the yield per hectare: about 96,000 kilos on average; 6,000 more than last year. This explains why the total production has remained at a similar level as in recent years, despite the fact that the acreage was reduced before the start of the current campaign.
"The campaign has had an optimal development thanks to a summer without meteorological adversities, with the absence of storms and with adequate temperatures," says Fernández. Based on the yields obtained, the president of Acopaex has argued for the need "to continue in this same line and to work on new varieties and technology in order to maintain the current trend."