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This year's almond production exceeds that of last year


The country produces more almonds than it consumes, currently exporting 100 million euros with a positive trade balance of 10 million.



This year, the almond harvest is being more productive, but the rain has spoiled some of the production. The situation is similar in Trás-os-Montes and Alentejo, the country's two largest producing regions.


The almond harvest is still underway in Trás-os-Montes, but it can already be seen that this year's production far exceeds that of last year. In the Alentejo, the situation is identical, although the rains that occurred in the region during the harvest spoiled some almonds.


It is in the Alentejo and Trás-os-Montes that 80% of the country's almond production is concentrated. In both regions there was great productivity, but the yield doesn't match the quantity.


And because it was a year of high production and consumption fell last year, the price of almonds has fallen, although production costs have risen.


Until recently, Trás-os-Montes was the largest almond producing region in the country, but in the last five years the almond grove has been established on a large scale in the Alentejo with super intensive production thanks to irrigation.


The area under almond cultivation in Portugal has more than doubled in the last 10 years and now exceeds 60,000 hectares, corresponding to more than 35,000 tons.


The country produces more almonds than it consumes, currently exporting 100 million euros with a positive trade balance of 10 million.




Source: Sic Notícias, 7 October 2023

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