Spanish cucumbers manage to leave price crisis behind

The long cucumber, also called Dutch or Almeria cucumber, has been one of the products yielding the lowest profitability in the first four months of the current greenhouse vegetable campaign in Andalusia, with average prices amounting to around 0.39 Euro per kilo in Almería and Costa de Granada. This represents a 26% reduction compared to the same period of the previous campaign. However, prices have increased manifold in the second half of January, so the price crisis appears to have been left behind.

In December, the markets were saturated with a massive supply that couldn't be absorbed by the demand, but the decline in the production due to the lower temperatures and the withdrawal of autumn plantations to give way to new crops have allowed auction prices to increase to between 1 and 1.50 Euro per kilo.

Affected by the Dutch production
This season, the Andalusian sale of long cucumbers has been affected by the marketing in Europe of the Dutch production, as well as by exports from Greece. In the German wholesale markets, the cucumbers of Andalusian origin make up most of the supply, but the increase in the production led to supermarket chains imposing downward prices, leaving barely any profit margins for the growers.

The acreage devoted to cucumber cultivation is expected to continue being reduced this campaign, as it did in 2018, when it stood at 4,677 hectares (located mostly in the provinces of Almeria and Granada). The production volume amounted to more than 527,000 tons, mainly of the long variety. The average price of this vegetable has recorded frequent declines over the last three seasons, having gone from 0.62 to 0.50 Euro per kilo in the 2018/2019 campaign.



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