Murcia’s olive oil boom

Murcia's Olive Oil Image: Shutterstock/ Davizro Photography

MURCIA’s olive oil exports have skyrocketed, boasting an astonishing 797 per cent increase in sales value in January 2024 compared to the same month in 2023.

Minister Sara Rubira Unveils Remarkable Growth

Minister Sara Rubira unveiled this remarkable growth during the launch of ‘Moratalla Entre Oliveras’ (Moratalla among the olive trees), a three-day event dedicated to olive oil from April 12 to 14 in Moratalla. The event serves as a platform to highlight the region’s premium olive oils, featuring conferences, tastings, a market, and a cooking contest focusing on extra virgin olive oil.

Resilience of Murcia’s Olive Oil Industry

Rubira underscored the historical importance of olive oil in Murcia, tracing its lineage back to the Roman era. Despite challenges like recent droughts impacting production, the region’s olive oil industry remains resilient, with exports surpassing €12 million in 2023, marking a 15 per cent increase from 2022. This increase not only reflects economic success but also highlights Murcia’s rich agricultural heritage and commitment to producing high-quality olive oil.

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Written by

Catherine McGeer

I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!


    • Anne

      13 April 2024 • 12:46

      While I am happy for the farmers, making so much money from their exports, how about giving back some of that amazing profit by selling oil locally at a decent price? I am currently using sunflower oil, which just isn’t the same, but prices are now too high.

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