With the Spanish citrus industry in crisis due to the large volumes of South African fruit flowing into the EU, in October, Spain’s Government will request the EU activates the safeguard clause to protect its citrus fruits. This step is a response to calls from citrus associations and political parties to protect Spanish production which has suffered a drastic drop in the prices in Valencia.
Spanish government to request activation of EU safeguard clause for citrus in October
Bumper Spanish citrus crop
Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture has published its official production estimates for the country’s 2018/19 citrus crop. There has been an increase in volumes from last season for all of the major productions, especially in satsumas, where output is set to rocket by 33.5%. The next biggest climber is lemon, which is forecast to be up 17.6%, followed by clementines (+16.2%), orange (+11.2%) and grapefruit (+6.6%).
Orri Jaffa Mandarins Heading to North America
Easy-Peeler Orri Jaffa expected to see 70% sales growth in North American Markets
The Plant Production and Marketing Board of Israel predicts that 2019 will see significant increase in exports of the Orri Jaffa mandarin to the US and Canada. The organization set goals for expanding export of its leading, easy-to-peel mandarin in response to the increased demand for high-quality, easy-peelers.
After 14 years, Vicente Bordils hands over presidency of CGC
The Citrus Management Committee (CGC), the professional association of private citrus exporters, at the national level and which represents €2.4 billion of the €3.2 billion worth of Spain’s citrus exports, held its ordinary general assembly on December 14. After 14 at the helm, the well-known businessman from Castellón, Vicente Bordils Ramón, left the presidency. The assembly of Spanish citrus fruit exporters recognised and thanked Vicente Bordils for his " tireless work, dedication and commitment" during all this time at the helm of the CGC.
Egypt’s orange exports climb 7%
The 2018/19 Egyptian orange crop is expected to be up 9.6%, according to data published by FAS Cairo. Production area is forecast to be up 5.1%, to 162,00ha. Exports are estimated to increase 7% to 1.65 million tons, thanks in part to the lower prices assured by a devalued Egyptian pound. Egypt is the world’s sixth largest orange producer and may even overtake Spain as the number-one exporter of fresh oranges. The main markets for Egypt’s oranges are Russia, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands and China.
China’s orange crop 3% larger in 2017/18
Orange production in China in 2017/18 is expected to be 3% higher than the previous year, totalling 21.2 million tons. The rise is thanks to good weather conditions during the crucial growing periods and the weakening of the impact of Huanglong disease. Also, the expanded production in new orchards in western China has contributed to the output. Despite the increase in domestic production, China's orange imports are expected to rise, due to the strong demand for high-quality and off-season oranges. All citrus fruit prices have risen due to increased costs and market price acceptance.
Moroccan 2018/19 citrus crop increases 18%
Morocco’s 2018/19 citrus production is estimated at 2.6 million tons, up 18% from last season. The mandarin crop is expected to rise 14% to 1.35 million tons, and the orange crop by 18% to 1.2 million tons. Volumes of lemon/lime are estimated at 45,000 tons. This year’s crop has been helped by favourable growing conditions and increased acreage as new trees enter production.
Spanish citrus exports outside the EU fall 14%
The Spanish citrus sector has been experiencing a miserable season so far, with low prices and issues with transportation due to French protests leading to an appeal by its representative bodies for assistance. Now, the sector has been dealt a further blow, with the publication of the latest export data, which report a 14% the drop in exports tons outside the EU up to the end of November compared to the same period of last year, with volumes totalling 48,400 tons.
Spanish citrus campaign threatened by French protests
Spain’s Citrus Management Committee (CGC) calls on the Spanish Ministry of Public Works to take urgent steps to facilitate passage through La Jonquera and Irún, after being closed by the Civil Guard as a result of the French “Yellow Vests” protests. The CGC also demands a guaranteed safe corridor for perishable products. The successive blockades that have taken place in recent weeks on the border between Spain and France have substantially affected the vital St Nicholas period.