Between January and July last, mills of Almería, in a 190 trade, have been sold in foreign markets just over 1 million kilos of olive oil, which represents 115% more than in the same period last year. For these sales, the Almeria companies have billed more than 2,6 million, a 80% more. For billing, Almeria is ranked 6 Andalusia and the 18 del ‘ranking’ Spanish provinces of export product, highlights as the territorial delegate of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment, José Manuel Ortiz.

Italy is the largest customer of olive oil exported by companies from Almería. Until July, transalpine country acquired product worth 973.000 euros, a 36,3% of total. And secondly, almost the same percentage, has been located and the United States, market in the first seven months of this year has acquired oil valued at 960.000 euros (a 35,9%). The third destination is Switzerland (7,8%), followed by Poland (4,6), Andorra (3,5) and France (3,1), Smaller quantities have been exported to Mexico, China, Japan, Germany, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Panama and Canada, according to data compiled by Extenda from the last report Estacom.

A 5,5% More oil this year

The campaign 2013-2014, Almeria province dedicated to growing olives 19.908 hectares of olive groves, a 0,3% more than in the previous season. This surface, 82 hectares correspond to the olive grove of olive table, and other, of the olive oil mill. Most of the olive groves of the province is irrigated (13.000 hectares), according to data from the Department of Research and Statistics the Provincial Delegation of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment.

The olive harvest has been promoted to 52,8 million kilos, a 2,9% more than the previous season. As for the production of oil, It was around 10 million kilos (9,9 million), which represents 5,5% more, increase is explained by the increased production, as the performance (Oil production in relation to the olive), which has been the 19,3%, a 2,6% more than in the previous season.