Spain’s bumper olive years come to bitter end: Spain is by far the biggest producer of olive oil in the world, accounting last year for around 50% of the total production worldwide.
Spain is by far the biggest producer of olive oil in the world, accounting last year for around 50% of the total production worldwide.
However farmers in southern Spain believe their crop of olives this year is down by as much as 80%, and some think it is inevitable that the price of this increasingly sought-after commodity will rise.
Wherever you drive in Jaen, part of Spain’s southern region of Andalucia, there are olive fields, stretching as far as the eye can see.
The province accounts of around half of Spain’s total production.
As the olive harvest draws to a close, farmers in Jaen say their crop could be only 20% of what it was last year.
“The rain was noticeable for its absence,” says Diego Galindo, vice-president of the San Julian Olive Oil Cooperative in Jaen.
He describes the harvest this year as “really bad”.