Drought begins to worry: Agrarian sector lowers oil production expectations due to drought

Cooperatives and agrarian organizations are concerned about the lack of rainfall on the main producing areas of the country, which is weakening the drylands and will affect oil harvest expectations.

Rafael Sánchez de Puerta, president of the sector of oil of agricultural cooperatives, has acknowledged to Efeagro that making estimates “is increasingly difficult” by the increase of plantations, but “everything indicates that this next harvest is not going to be good “and” we understand that it will come shorter “.

De Puerta has recalled that the climate “has not accompanied at any time”, nor during the winter, which hardly left rains, nor during a summer of “very high” temperatures, so hopes go by that autumn “come well “To improve production expectations, which for now” are not very good. ”

WARNING THAT WATER STRESS IS “HUGE” IN DRYING OLIVE TREES AFTER YEARS OF LACK OF WATER AND A “VERY HARD” SUMMER

Moreover, “the market is working very well, the consumer is assimilating prices and, although domestic demand has fallen somewhat, we continue to gain export quotas.”

Juan Luis Ávila, representative of COAG in the Interprofessional of the Spanish Olive Oil, has assured that the water stress is “brutal” in the arid olive grove after several consecutive years of lack of water and a “very hard” summer, reason why a part of it “is no longer recoverable” because the olive is falling to the ground.

On the other hand, many aquifers “have been exhausted” and there are farms that do not irrigate between 14 and 20 days and in all of them the level of detachment of the fruit is also high, has pointed out.

“Every day that passes without rain we lose kilos of olives”, and, with this, a loss of income for the olive growers takes place towards the next campaign, in a moment of good price of the oil.

He has denounced the movements of large industrial groups “who have withdrawn”, stopping buying to try to “push the market down”, which coincides with some forecasts of harvest that he considers too optimistic and unreachable.

From UPA-Jaén, Cristóbal Cano described as “worrying” the situation of the olive grove due to “water shortages so important” and, in short, “it will be very difficult to reach last year’s production figures neither at the provincial nor regional level nor national. ”

“Especially the rainfed – which represents practically half the area in the province – is having a very bad time,” so that only autumn rainfall could alleviate it, pointed out Cano, who shows concern about an unsatisfactory campaign a sector, the olive grove, on which depends the economy jiennense.

“We are likely to have a link that will be around 300,000 tonnes and will be one of the lowest we have had, on 1 October,” said Infaoliva, adding that, given these expectations, and having seen data published by AICA, we can say that we are on a good start and that the markets continue their course.

As for prices at origin, POOLred has collected, between 9 and 15 September, values of 3.77 euros / kg for extra virgin olive oil; of 3.66 EUR / kg for virgin olive oil; and of 3,62 euros / kg for the lampante.

Autor entrada: Francisco Camacho