Two years ago, the International Olive Council announced that olive farmers around the world had achieved the best harvest of all time. Last year, however, couldn’t have been more different. The “worst harvest ever” happened in large part because of the spread of parasites that feed specifically on olive trees. These parasites became widespread in some of the world’s biggest producers of olives, including Italy, Greece, France and Spain.
This year, however, the International Olive Council foresees much better results. Olive farmers have been working hard over the last year to stop the spread and curb the presence of the parasites and other diseases that killed tens of thousands of trees last year. While there is still some level of uncertainty over exactly how good this year’s harvest will be, one thing is for sure: it won’t be as bad as last year.
Last year’s production of olives came in at approximately 2.4 million tons. Early predictions for this year’s harvest indicate there will be at least 2.5 million tons harvested. While this wouldn’t be a tremendous increase over last year, it would at least help to restore some confidence to olive oil producers and purchases worldwide, who saw prices skyrocket within the last year due to the lack of fruits.
Spain is projected to have the biggest improvement in its harvest this year. The country only harvested 825,000 tons this year, but experts project it will produce 1.2 million tons this year, nearly half the harvest numbers projected by the International Olive Council. This is still a long way from Spain’s 2013/2014 record yield of 1.78 million tons, but again, the amount of improvement is noteworthy.
Fortunately, our olive groves in Israel have not been affected by the plagues and parasites affecting the trees in Europe. We are continuing to produce high-quality oil, the sales of which help us to give back to the people of Israel.
For more information about the olive products we make and the kind of work we do throughout Israel to help its impoverished people, contact us today and we’ll be happy to speak with you.
Our mission is to create a partnership between the Evangelical community and the nation of Israel; this partnership will produce employment, income, and revenue for humanitarian aid projects in Israel. We envision the planting of one-million olive trees over the next seven years. This relationship was prophesied in the Bible centuries ago, that the foreigners and strangers (those not of Jewish descent) would help rebuild the walls of Israel and cause the desert to bloom (Isa 35:1). Among other things, this reforestation is an environmental blessing for the entire region. May all who participate in this project be blessed body, soul and spirit; it is time for you to take root in Israel!