New Potato Planting Area Increases by 10% in Parts of Spain
The early new potato planting campaign has ended with an area sown estimated at 10% more than last year in Andalusia, Spain, according to the association of Fruit and Vegetable Producing and Exporting Companies of Andalucía Asociafruit. In a statement, it has reported that, with the seed import data, it is estimated that the campaign will have a planted area, in Cartagena and Western Andalusia, that exceeds that of 2019 by slightly more than 1,000 hectares. Both early areas, according to official data from the two autonomous communities, planted 10,500 hectares of potatoes last season.
This increase in surface area is mostly due to the increase in very early new potatoes planted in Cartagena (last November) and Seville (in the part of December), explains Luis Marín, director of Asociafruit. As sowing proceeds this year, the sector will cover the demand of the national supermarket chains that will switch to new potatoes as soon as they have it available, Marín has indicated.