Spanish citrus production for 2017-18 is forecast to reach 6.2 million tons, a fall of 12.3% from last year’s levels.
The world’s orange production is set to drop by 4 million tons in 2017/18 to 49.3 million tons due to unfavourable weather conditions in Brazil, the EU, and the US.
Spanish citrus exporters feeling the pressure from Morocco in US markets are looking towards Asia instead.
Although they are not yet officially confirmed, estimates for the 2017/18 production of Key limes and Persian limes are for a yield of 2.5 million tons.
Mexico’s orange harvest is predicted to fall slightly to 4.6 million tons in 2017/18. Although weather conditions and rainfall might still affect overall production, producers are expecting good q
Average citrus prices earned by Spanish farmers have fallen since the start of the season, especially for the Fino lemon.
China’s Sichuan orange production increased by around 15% this year, continuing the upward trend of recent years.
The Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA) is protesting against several large supermarket chains which are selling citrus fruit at loss-leaders.
Over the past two seasons, citrus consumption has been slow to recover in Western Europe.
Spanish political party from Valencia, La Unión, has demanded that citrus fruits be added to the list of crops at risk of plague covered by Artícle 42 of EU regulation 2016/2031.