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Mediterranean Products

Volume 79: debated on Monday 20 May 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for Spain and Portugal the production of Mediterranean products for which there are price and other guarantees under the common agricultural policy and the equivalent figure for European Economic Community production at the present time.

There is no universally accepted definition of the term "Mediterranean product". The most recent comparable information for a number of important products of the Mediterranean regions is as follows:—

Production Figures for Selected Mediterranean Products for 1983 (000 tonnes)

EC (10)

Spain

Portugal

•Olive oil

*1,002

26820
Sunflower seeds1,05167413
Tobacco296†42†12
Cotton (non-deseeded)428106nil
Wine

*‡168

‡║32‡║8
Oranges2,9671,895†80
Lemons1,04452220
Mandarins, Tangerines, Clementines & Satsumas¶5571,117†21
Almonds, Hazelnuts & Walnuts427200†28

*1983–84 marketing year.

† Forecast.
‡ Millions of hectolitres for wine.
║Wine production figures in the FAO Year Book are quoted in metric tonnes. They have been converted to hectolitres on the basis that 10 hectolitres of wine weigh one tonne.
¶ EC (10) figures relate to mandarins and clementines only.
• Olive oil is a biennial crop, with considerable fluctuations from one year to the next.

Sources

EC (10); Eurostat and EC Commission; Spain and Portugal; FAO production year book 1983.

Information for other products is available in the publications cited above, which are in the Library.