The cold winter and spring have delayed the ripening of the figs and breva (an early variety of fig). Normally the farmers would be harvesting the fruit in the first weeks of May. This year, it looks like they will not be ready until the end of the month.
The season for selling the fruit will therefore be shortened from 45 days to 30 which means there will be a glut of fruit on the market which will bring down the price.
Figs are usually the most profitable fruit. However, because of the crisis, the price last year dropped from 120/130 cents per kilo to 90 cents per kilo.
The annual production of figs and brevas in this area is between 9,000 and 10,000 tons The other major fruit that the cooperative Alba Fruits deals with is the pomegranate.