Drought, blight threaten to press up olive oil price

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Watering the olive trees cannot make up for the lack of rain in sweltering Andalusia, Gallego warned.

In the heart of the poor farming region of Andalusia, where olive groves blanket the hillsides as far as the eye can see, the province of Jaen alone accounts for 45 percent of Spain’s production. It is among the areas hit by the drought.

Ahead of the harvest which starts in October, farmers will be watching the skies for signs of September rain which could change their fortunes.

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