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.
Strong growth in Spain’s citrus output
Representatives of Intercitrus tackle troubles afflicting sector
On 3rd May, members of Spanish citrus organisation Intercitrus held a working lunch with the Commissioner of Agriculture, Phil Hogan, as well as a delegation of the European People's Party (PPE) composed of the vice-president of this group, Esteban González Pons, the MEP and rapporteur for the reform of the CAP, Esther Herranz, and the president of the PP-CV, Isabel Bonig.
Spanish highlight active substances in imported citrus fruit
Spanish representatives have called on the EU to deal with phytosanitary issues relating to imported citrus. A study by the Unió de Llauradors published this week found 50 active substances banned in the EU present in citrus fruit imported from South Africa in quantities exceeding the maximum residue level (MRL). This situation is particularly problematic not only for the health risks to which consumers are being subjected, but also due to the fact that EU citrus fruit producers cannot apply the same methods for fighting pests and diseases as their competitors, resulting in higher costs.
Chilean citrus exports to fall 3% in 2019
Chile’s 2019 citrus exports are expected to fall by 3%, with the largest drop recorded for clementines. According to ASOEX, clementine volumes are forecast to be down 8% to 58,000 tons, while orange exports will also drop 3% to 97,000 tons. Lemon (88,000 tons) and mandarin exports are set to remain stable. Despite the forecasts, ASOEX expects very good calibre and quality, thanks to favourable growing conditions.
Soft citrus challenges dominant position of oranges in citrus sector
The third Citrus Summit organised by the Citrus Growers Association of South Africa (CGA) took place in Port Elizabeth on 12-14 March 2019 and was attended by 600 delegates. The conference covered different issues including the evolving political, economic and business perspective from a South African perspective, ethical compliance, biosecurity issues, logistics developments as well as market development for the EU, the US and Russia.
Valencia’s citrus farmers call on EU to combat effects of rising imports
President of the Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA), Cristóbal Aguado, and general secretary, Juan Salvador Torres, met in Brussels with Joao Onofre, head of the fruit and vegetables unit of the management General of Agriculture of the European Commission, and with Jesús González-García, specialist in citrus fruits of the same department, to highlight the disastrous consequences of the increase in the citrus imports from third countries resulting from the EU’s commercial agreements.
EU turns to Egypt for citrus imports
While Spain remains the EU’s leading citrus producer, the Iberian country’s production fell from just under 7 million tons in 2006 to just over 5 million tons in 2017. The continent’s next leading producer, Italy, also saw its citrus production fall over the same period, from around 3.8 million tons to 2.6 million tons. Greece and Portugal have seen their productions remain fairly steady.
IGP Citricos Valencianos head to China for first time
The Regulating Council Protected Geographical Indication "Citricos Valencianos" continues with its expansion to new export markets, and in this campaign they are focused on the Chinese market. For this reason, the first oranges of the Lanelate, Nável Powell and Nável Chislett varieties certified with the Citricos Valencianos label will soon be arriving in China at the hands of Valencian company Frutas Tono.
Sicilian oranges arrive in China to mark China-Italy pact
To mark the new trade agreements signed by Italy and China, the first 40 tons of Sicilian oranges left from Sicily destined for Ningbo, in Zhejiang. The move follows the visit of Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to negotiate Italy’s involvement in China’s Belt and Road Project.
Moreover, there has been a cooperation agreement signed between the port of Trieste and the Chinese group China Communication Construction Company as a gateway in and out of Central Europe for trade with China.