An old Majorcan proverb says, ‘January flowers do not fill the basket‘. It is used to explain that the years the almond tree blooms in January do not have a good harvest since its flowering month is February. This is the situation that happened this year, but “as rarely seen before,” said Sebastià Crespí, wine harvester of Santa Eugenia. Crespí continued that “everything moves forward, especially the fruit trees, andnd that is not good because when there is a cold,, everything disappears.
The farmer explained: “Today we are pruning the vineyards. He have been asleep by now, but when he cut a branch,, I saw that he was crying; in other words, there is juice. You can still see small buds with leaves. This is not normal or good. The vines must wake up at the end of March, not now
But with the high temperature recorded for the winter, we must add to to the long drought that the countryside is suffering. Martí Solivellas, president of the Pollença Agricultural Cooperative, explains that “the grass is not yet born. “To say the least, even the grass didn’t grow; it was all bare.” The farmer added: «At this time,, it is normal for wild grasses like clover or chicory to grow, but the lack of rain “has reason to grow this year.”
The situation is serious for sheep farmers. Peopleare emptying the barns because there is not enough food for the sheep and lambs. It is true that about 30 liters per square meter fell a few days ago. This is why the pasture is starting to grow, but if it doesn’t rain soon,, it will be useless,” said Solivellas. On the other hand, he clarified that “at least there is a good acorn season in the mountains, so the sheep that Serra grazesdoot require such a high cost. But this is only a temporary fix because they also need green grass.
Moreover, this time there was no demand for sheep,, and the price went down by by about two euros per kilo. Solivellas explained that “at Christmas,, a lamb was sold for around 8 or 9 euros per kilo per carcass. Today,, the same lamb is at 6.80 euros per kilo. Tomeu Martorell, president of Cooperative of Payesa de Inca He pointed out that «the price has decreased for the rancherbut not for the meat stores. “The consumer continues to pay the same, so others get the big cut.”
This rancher added that “it is also not asked for. We are forced to suffer with the lambs. That means feeding them more and losing the price because the older it is, the less it is worth.
Solivellas insisted that “at the moment there is much sadness in the sector;; well, we see it;; we are working at a loss. There is no demand, the price goes down,, and there is no grass. “The panorama could not be more desolate.” He added: “There are partners who have decided to reduce their flocks. “They’re getting rid of the sheep because they can’t keep up with the cost.”