According to the latest preview of the surface of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, this campaign the hectares dedicated to the cultivation of garlic in Spain would decrease slightly, which would go from the 29,670 registered last year to 28,520 in 2022, which would be particularly notable in the province of Córdoba, which would have approximately 1,600 hectares in production compared to almost 2,000 hectares in 2021.
This has been reported by the representatives of the National Garlic Board in its last session, held in Acebuchal (Badajoz), who have pointed out that, in addition, there is a low level of stocks. A decrease in hectares may continue, "given the current situation of water deficit and management of hydrographic basins, endangering the subsistence of a social crop such as garlic," they warn.
The representatives also highlighted that no less worrying is the analysis of the evolution of garlic production costs, which professionals in the sector set above 20%.
They also warned of the decrease in tools for phytosanitary control in garlic cultivation. And it is that, currently, there is no longer any active matter that allows the control of broadleaf weeds in postemergence.