Strong growth in Spain’s citrus output

Fri 07/06/2019 by Richard Wilkinson
Strong growth in Spain’s citrus output

The 2018-19 Spanish citrus crop has seen increases across the board, according to official data from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture. The largest increases are in satsuma (+31.3%), lemon (+21.5%), clementine (+20.5%), orange (+14.3%), tangerine hybrids (+13.9%) and grapefruit (+4.1%). Tangerine varieties were up 19.5% overall.

As for non-citrus vegetables and fruit crops, very early data show little variation in extra-early potato (+ 0.4%) and slight a rise in the “January-May collection”  tomato crop (+1.1%). As for other vegetables, the most notable increases were recorded in green peas (+22%), celery (+15.6%) and escarole (+15.1%). Meanwhile, there are drops in the production of green beans (-16.1%), leek (-15.6%) and cucumber (-13.2%). Data for the 2018 harvest indicate that broccoli output increased by 4.3%, while artichoke production fell by 4.1% and the avocado crop by 3.4%.

As for fruit production, very preliminary data indicates an increase in peach (+6.3%) and plum (+2.8%), but a decline in apricot (-7.2%) and cherry (-3.3%).


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