Almeria’s melon and watermelon campaign starts with higher prices than at the beginning of last season

Source: Fresh Plaza

The watermelon and melon campaign has started in Almeria with a firm step. According to the data available to Asaja Almeria, the seedless watermelon variety (which is mostly grown black or striped) is being paid at around 0.75 euro per kilogram in the fields, i.e. approximately 14% higher than at the beginning of the previous year, when it was traded at 0.65 euro per kilo.

Melon prices are also being higher than at the beginning of last year. According to the agrarian organization, the Galia has an average price of 0.90 euro per kilogram. In the same week of 2020, its value was 0.74 euro per kilo.

Despite these encouraging data, the value of watermelons during the month of April has been decreasing every year. Thus, the average price achieved in April of last year was almost 24% lower than two seasons ago. Moreover, the first cuts of the current campaign are 2% below the average of the last two years, Asaja Almeria stated.

It should be noted that watermelon is the province’s second most important product in terms of cultivated area, behind pepper. It is a clear bet of the sector that has had bittersweet results. In the spring of 2019, for example, prices were the worst in recent years, the organization stated.

According to Asaja, melon prices in April have been decreasing in the last 3 seasons. In fact, the average price it achieved last April was 36% lower than in the previous season. This is the month with the best prices in the entire campaign because it is the month of the first cuts. As the harvest continues and production increases prices tend to go down.

According to Asaja data, the yellow melon has been the most profitable variety for farmers in the last three years. The sector is betting on yellow melons and the Piel de Sapo variety, to the detriment of the Galia and Cantaloup varieties. The price of the yellow melon remains stable and the price of the Piel de Sapo has been increasing year after year. In 2020 its price was 47% higher than in the two previous campaigns, the agrarian organization stated.