06 Jan Results and forecasts
In 2018, the level of production in Spain looked very promising, and although the Association of Young Farmers Jaen (ASAJA-Jaén) predicted the highest harvest rates in six years, nature gave us surprises.
At the end of the year, Andalusian producers seemed to agree that the total olive harvest decreased for all varieties, and the rain caused by global climate change made harvesting and production difficult. Some farmers even encountered hailstorms, as well as an epidemic of an olive fly (its larvae damage the fruits of the olive). The more valuable the level of quality that they managed to keep.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Industry of Spain (MAPA) estimated production of olive oil in 2018 at 1,598,951 tons, which is 30.7% more than in the previous year.
According to the MAPA adviser, in Andalusia, according to forecasts for 2019, 1,339,712 tons of olive oil will be produced from 6,443,315 tons of olives. This is 39.9% more than in 2018. Specifically, Jaen, the main force of Andalusia, has an olive oil forecast of 685,000 tons (+ 74.9%). Cordoba, Seville and Granada are also major players, producing 280,000, 114,198 and 142,712 tons of olive oil, respectively.
Although expected growth is reported in most provinces, production may decline in some regions, especially in the regions of Castile and Leon (-46.4%) and Valencia (-39.3%).