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Charting Greek olive oil production for 2017/18

Vassilis Zampounis

After releasing our first estimates of the amount of olive oil to be produced by the Mediterranean countries in the next crop year 2017/18, we take a closer look to Greece and publish our estimates of olive oil production with data gathered from the most important olive producing regional units (prefectures-‘nomoi’) of Greece.

Let's have a closer look:

1) Argolis: 5,000 - 5,500 tonnes, almost double compared to last year.
The "mini" heatwave in May had a negative impact, especially to olive groves that are not irrigated. Also, olive fly control is delayed. Nevertheless, higher production is expected.

2) Arcadia: Almost 1,500
Moderate production is expected, at about 50% of this region’s potential. Nevertheless, last year was devastating, since this particular region produced only 10% of its maximum potential.

3) Laconia: 23,000 - 28,000 tonnes
Although there is fear that elevated humidity could favor olive fly attacks, production is expected to be +50% higher.

4) Messinia: About 44,000 - 49,000 tonnes
Last year production hit a 30 year-long low. So it's natural to expect bigger production this year (although lower than what early estimates predicted)

5) Ilia (Elis): 12,000 - 16,000 tonnes
Higher production is to be expected, although gloesporium attacks where spotted and olive fly attacks are still a threat.

6) Achaia: 8,000 - 10,000 tonnes
Significantly better than last year. Last winter's cold weather "woke up" the trees and led to good blossoming.

7) Corinthia: 7,000 - 10,000 tonnes
Last year gave bad results with just 5,000 tonnes out of a possible 12,000. This year, the first signs are encouraging. Rainfall had a positive effect.

8) Western Attica: About 600 tonnes

9) Euboea: Table olives: 5,000 tonnes, Olive oil: 6,000 - 7,000 tonnes
This region expects higher production, with the exception of the area around Kymi.

10)Boeotia: 2.838 tonnes
Almost 35% of its full potential. Adverse weather conditions in June damaged the olive trees.

11) Phthiotis: Around 25,000 tonnes of olive oil and 25,000 tonnes of edible olives.

12) Thessaly
Production estimates vary. In some areas, bad weather conditions have damaged the olive trees, while other areas are expected to reach 80% of their full potential. So, the average production of this region is expected to be on the same levels as last years.

13) Phocis: 500 tonnes of olive oil and 3,000 tonnes of table olives
Last year was devastating, so this year's production is expected to be higher.

14) Arta: 570 tonnes of olive oil and 3,800 - 4,000 tonnes of table olives
More than last year. 55% of the 7,000 - 8,500 tonnes of olives will be destined for olive oil production (570 tonnes), while 45% will give 3,800 - 4,000 tonnes of table olives.

15) Preveza: 4,000 - 5,000 tonnes
Higher productions is expected, besides the extended frost

16) Thesprotia: 750 tonnes of olive oil and 160 tonnes of table olives

17) Corfu: About 15,000 tonnes
Almost double last year's production. October and November will be critical monrths, since rainfall and humidity favor gloesporium.

18) Cephalonia: 1,200 tonnes
Almost double last year's production. Initial blossoming was affected by heatwaves in June.

19) Lefkada: About 1,000 tonnes

20) Chania: About 25,000 tonnes
Almost double last year's production

21) Rethymno: 10,000 - 20,000 tonnes
Although this estimate leaves a lot to be desired (this area's full potential is about 17,000 tonnes), it sure a way better than last year's mere 7,000 - 8,000 tonnes

22) Irakleio: about 35,000 tonnes

23) Lasithi: 12,000-15,000 tonnes
Siteia province is estimated to reach 8,000 - 10,000 tonnes, while Ierapetra is expected to produce 1,500 – 2,000 tonnes. Merambello has suffered great problems (therefore there is a red dot on the map)

24) Rhodes: About 2,500 tonnes
Definitely better than last year's 1,600 tonnes.

25) Cyclades: 250 - 300 tonnes
Definately better than last year's 70 tonnes

26) Samos: About 2,000 tonnes
Small increase. Last year 1,500 tonnes where produced

27) Chios: About 500 tonnes
Almost 10 times last year's production.

28)Lesbos: 12,000 - 16,000 tonnes
Estimates vary greatly among the different areas of the island.

29) Evros: 280-360 tonnes
A decline is to be expected from last years average of 500-600 tonnes. This years problems are due to the rainfall during the blossoming period.

30) Chalkidiki and Thassos: 2,500 - 3,500 tones
Increased production is expeted, although with problems in certain areas. This area is a major producer of table olives. This means that the price of table olives will define how much of the olive fruit will be destined for olive oil production. However, early signs show that the market is oriented towards prioritizing the processing of green table olives, due to lack of reserves.

Conclusions total estimate for Greece is 260,000 - 280,000 tonnes . Since it is still too early to call, this data is subject to change and be revised. Any new information will be incorporated.

Crop year 2016/17 was devastating, so production of 2017/18 is expected to be better. Favorable weather conditions during last winter (rain, cold and snow) have helped in this direction, although drought and other adverse conditions in spring and other (not always specified) reasons have weakened the dynamic created during the winter.

Disclaimer: The information presented in the article is valid as of the date of its release and is meant for informative purposes only. is not in any way responsible for any business transactions carried out by its readers.

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