ACCORDING to figures just released from La Unio de Llauradors, the production of almonds for this current season for the Valencia Region will see a reduction of over 7 per cent compared to last year.
This accounts for approximately 6,500 tons compared to 7,010 in 2017.
However, the Alicante Province as a whole will see a decrease of around 10 per cent with some local anomalies.
For example, the Vega Baja has seen in increase in almond production by 11 per cent whereas both Marina Alta and Baixa have fallen by 36 per cent.
Wherever the crops are located, all the growers are continually concerned about the lack of rainfall.
In addition, the presence of the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria in the northern regions of Alicante – as well as the almond wasp – is a further concern and if not controlled could see swathes of the crop wiped out.
Surprisingly the price of almonds has also dropped by 35 per cent and is now at the same levels of five or six years ago which means that growers will be looking for financial assistance from the government.