Portugal expects record production of olive oil this season

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Portugal expects record production of olives this season for the production of olive oil up to 765,000 tons, the third largest record of the last 75 years, as reports the monthly bulletin of the Portuguese National Institute of Agriculture and Fisheries Statistics with data to January 31st.

About to finish the harvest, the agency estimates a “significant” increase in the production of olives this year (+ 75%) regarding the previous year, which was less productive and reached a volume of 438,000 tons.

However, the Institute stressed that this increase has not been uniform across all regions and it depends mainly on intensive olive plantations. In this sense, on the one hand, the lack of rain damaged the production of traditional dryland olive groves and on the other, it also lowered the pressure of fungal diseases wich has allowed irrigated olive groves to reach their full potential production, providing the best campaign of the last five decades.

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