Spain: Spanish Agriculture and Food Situation COVID-19 Update

During its fourth week under lockdown, recent statistics signal that Spain may be entering the “stabilization and slowdown” phase of this pandemic. As part of its ongoing crisis response, the government is extending the State of Alarm lockdown for another fifteen days until April 26, 2020. A newly issued Royal Legislative Decree will ease hiring restrictions to address labor shortages in the agriculture sector. Since the outbreak, the most affected agricultural operations have been horticulture, ornamental plants, and dairy. In addition, the closure of the hospitality sector has negatively impacted sales of Iberico pork products, suckling pigs, lamb, goat, beef meat, and seafood. This report summarizes the preliminary impact of the pandemic on Spain’s agriculture and food sectors.

Spain: Spanish Agriculture and Food Situation COVID-19 Update