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More Spanish walnuts

This article was originally published in Foodnews

SPAIN’s Ministry for the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs (MARM) is predicting better chestnut, walnut and kiwi harvests this year, compared with 2010. Estimates suggest an increase of 1.1% in chestnut production to 80 500 tonnes, compared with 79 600 tonnes last year. The walnut crop will rise by 5.9% to 12 500 tonnes from 11 800 tonnes. Kiwi production is also expected to climb by 2.3%. Growing area dedicated to celery and leeks in 2012 will remain unchanged, with 1 400 and 2 400 hectares respectively. Increases in growing area for aubergine, carrot and turnip are also expected, with 3 600, 7 200 and 7 300 hectares respectively. The biggest increase in growing area is expected for broccoli, rising 9.8% to 24 200 hectares in 2012.

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