Three cooperatives in the north of Cáceres have decided not to begin this Monday, as planned, the olive collection campaign, which is expected to be “historic”, as reported by the Manzanilla Cacereña Traditional Olive Grove Association (Asomanca). .
Specifically, the cooperatives that have not started the collection campaign today have been the San Sebastián Cooperative of Hernán Pérez, the San Francisco Javier Cooperative of La Pesga, the Virgen del Carmen Cooperative of Cambroncino and the El Tralgas Cooperative of Villanueva de la Sierra .
For this reason, Asomanca has demanded that the campaign be “totally transparent” with the farmer to avoid “abusive situations” like those experienced last year that led to a strike in the sector.
Do not sell below costs
In this sense, the association reiterates its call to producers and cooperatives not to accept prices below production costs, which are calculated at 1.18 euros per kilogram.
In fact, last week both Asomanca and UPA-UCE Extremadura called on olive producers and their cooperatives not to accept prices below production costs this season, even more so when there is the possibility of allocating this product to the oil with the current market situation.
«Otherwise, the general secretary of UPA-UCE, Ignacio Huertas, warned that they will be “vigilant” to report any breach of the Food Chain Law and the online Registry of Agri-Food Contracts already in force.
Manzanilla olive from Cáceres
The Manzanilla Cácereña olive is an emblematic variety from the north of Cáceres that constitutes an economic and social engine thanks to the more than 40,000 hectares dedicated to this crop.
Hence, in that same appeal, Huertas announced that in the current campaign “production can be described as normal”, with an estimate that ranges between 45 and 50 million kilos and “of very good quality.” In fact, this crop has not registered “serious problems” so far, with the exception of some “punctual” hail, unlike what happened last year when an 80% reduction was recorded due to drought.
However, Huertas estimated that production at the regional and national level would remain “just as low as the previous year”, with 439,000 tons, 21% less than the average production of the last 10 years, which was 555,380 tons. Added to this is a decrease in stocks due to lower production last year, less than 300,000 tons, so they are 25% below the previous year.