Weather leads to bigger strawberries in Britain but Spanish growers out of pocket

While the cool spring and early summer have given British strawberry growers larger, sweeter berries, Spanish growers are counting the cost of heavy rain earlier in the season that has left the majority out of pocket.

Alberto Garrocho, president of the soft-fruit association Freshuelva pointed out that fewer than 40 per cent of his members have managed to cover their costs for the season so far.

The southern province of Huelva accounts for nearly 90 per cent of Spain's strawberry production.

Production of stone fruit in the main growing area of Extremadura has also fallen, by 23 per cent, with plums down 31 per cent, which growers have also blamed on the cold, wet spring weather.


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