07 Aug 2020 Harvest
Producers of table olives expect a slightly better harvest this year than in 2019. Despite this, uncertainty about the future of the sector remains.
According to forecasts, in 2020 the olive harvest will produce excellent quality and good quantity, but will be lower than in the previous five seasons and will not reach 500,000 tons. Production of table olives in Spain as a whole has been on a downward trend since its peak in 2015.
Based on current weather conditions, the harvest will begin in September – two months earlier than usual. Producers of table olives will also have to coordinate with local authorities to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during harvest, maintain a distance between pickers, and so on. It will be much easier for producers who harvest their crops using machines.
The uncertainty remains. A decision by the United States trade representative on whether to raise the 25 percent tariff currently faced by olive oil exports from Spain to the United States is expected in August. The European Union also recently announced a list of tariffs it plans to impose on US imports to the trading block.