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Mallorca almonds in danger

This article was originally published in Foodnews

PALMA de Mallorca has lost up to half of its almond trees due to low profitability, high harvesting costs and strong competition from the US. Jennifer Willis-Jones writes: The situation has been described as critical. According to figures from Mallorca’s Agriculture Council, almond production in the last five years has fallen by 32 846 hectares. In 2005 there were 57 289ha of almonds in production, now there are just 24 443ha. In the Pla and Sur de Mallorca areas, almond trees have been replaced by olive groves. In 2005, 16 769 tonnes of almonds were collected on the island, in 2010 this was just 6 073 tonnes. This year it will be no more than 2 200 tonnes.

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