After seven weeks of a lockdown, things aren’t getting any easier for Sicilian farmers. Now they face two new adversaries: a sales slump and a drought. Olive oil sales, in general, have been robust during the COVID-19 lockdown, but this has not benefited producers of Sicilian extra virgin olive oil. Consumers are leaving their products on the shelves in favour of cheaper blends made from imported oils, mostly from Spain and Tunisia.
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