General rise in Spanish 2019 citrus crop
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.
Reduction in European orange farming
The orange production area of Europe’s main producers fell between 2006 and 2017, according to data published by the European Commission. By far the leading producer, Spain, saw its acreage peak in 2008 at 157,000 ha, before falling steadily back to 2006 levels in 2017 (140,000 ha). Meanwhile, Italy’s orange production area fell from 103,000 ha in 2006 to 83,000 ha in 2017. The next largest producer, Greece, registered a drop from 39,000 ha to 31,000ha. Portuguese orange production declined over the period from 19,000ha to 18,000ha.
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Global lemon and lime crop up 5% and sets new record
The world’s production of lemons and limes in 2018/19 is projected to be up 5% to a new record of 8.2 million tons, according to USDA data. Increased volumes have been recorded in Mexico, Argentina, the EU and Turkey, which should more than offset the drop in production in the US. Consumption and exports are both expected to set new records.
World’s grapefruit production climbs 4% and sets new record
The world’s 2018/19 grapefruit crop is projected up 4% to a record 7 million tons, thanks to an improvement in the US crop and a bumper Chinese harvest benefitting from favourable weather and an expanded area. The world’s consumption is up 3% while exports are up 8%, thanks to the higher available supplies, according to USDA data.
Global orange production up 9% in 2018/19
The world’s orange output for 2018/19 is expected to rise 9% to 51.8 million tons, thanks to favourable weather conditions in Brazil and the US. According to USDA data, fresh orange exports are predicted to be up 4% to 5.1 million tons. Brazil’s crop is projected up 13% to 17.8 million tons, of which 12.8 million tons is for processing (+22%). China’s output is expected to fall slightly to 7.2 million, due to unfavourable weather in Jiangxi province. South Africa and Egypt are the top two suppliers to China, accounting for 60% of the country’s imports.
Decrease in Italy’s orange and lemon crops
Italy’s 2018/19 orange crop is expected to be 7.5% lower due to summer rains and the major flooding incidents in Sicily in October and November. In contrast, Italy’s 2018/19 tangerine production is forecast to increase by 14.8%, thanks to favourable weather conditions in Calabria, the main producing region. Meanwhile, Italy’s 2018/19 lemon harvest is predicted to be down by 8% as a result of hailstorms which struck during the spring. Quality levels for all crops is forecast to be excellent.
Mexico’s citrus forecast to rise in 2018/19
Mexico’s citrus crop is production in Mexico is expected to rise in 2018/19, thanks to excellent weather conditions and improved productivity. The country’s orange and lime harvest is predicted to be higher, with total orange output reaching 4.6 million tons, according to USDA data. Exports of oranges for processing have also increased, due to Florida’s drop in orange output. Planted area of oranges will remain fairly stable at 341,000 hectares. Productivity is up to around 14.3 tons per hectare, from 13.9 tons per hectare in 2017/18, which was affected by weather issues.