Decline of Japan’s mandarin production continues
Japan’s mandarin production continues to be hit by labour shortages and reduced consumption, according to a report by USDA. Shipping challenges and rising prices are also projected to reduce consumption of largely imported oranges and grapefruit. Japan’s domestic tangerine/mandarin production primarily focuses on Satsuma mandarins, also known as “Unshu mikan” or “Unshu orange”. After reaching peak production of 3.7 million tons in 1975, Japan’s unshu production has been steadily declining in line with production plans by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).Meanwhile, the resumption of the food service sector following COVID-19-related states of emergency is expected to fuel a recovery of Japanese demand for fresh lemons.