Supplies in US citrus market fall
Spring Sunshine Mandarin Variety Producers Association established
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Following the success of its predecessor, the Orri Running Committee (ORC), an association has been created to protect the Spring Sunshine variety. As in the case of the ORC, the new Association of Producers Spring Sunshine Running Committee (SRC) is a non-profit association whose main objectives are the control, defence, and promotion of an exclusive variety of premium mandarin.
APHIS Authorizes Importation of Fresh Citrus Fruit from China
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is authorizing the importation of five types of commercially produced fresh citrus fruit from China into the continental United States. After thorough analysis, APHIS scientists determined that pummelo, Nanfeng honey mandarin, ponkan, sweet orange, and Satsuma mandarin fruit from China can be safely imported into the United States under a systems approach to protect against the introduction of plant pests.
Orange prices remain high amidst strong demand for fruit and juice
The current Coronavirus pandemic appears to have had a relatively small impact on the EU’s 2019/20 harvest, coming as it did at the end of the campaign. The total crop is projected to reach 6.2 million tons this season, according to data released by the EU Commission. This volume represents a 5% drop from the previous campaign, due to smaller yields. In recent weeks, demand has risen across the world for both oranges and orange juice as consumers look for sources of vitamin C to remain healthy.
The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) grants protection for the Summer Prim lemon
On the 6th of April, the CPVO decided to grant this community plant variety right through its EU Decision No. 54903, which will expire on the 31st of December, 2050. The intellectual property rights for Summer Prim that have been recently been recognised by this European Agency are valid throughout the European Union.
Good South African citrus harvest, but challenging logistics
April marks the start of the 2020 citrus season in South Africa, which will no doubt be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ports are reported to be operating at low levels, but packing of all fresh produce out of the country has so far continued uninterrupted, with farms and packing houses endeavouring to safeguard the working environment of over 120,000 workers.
Orri Running Committee joins Food 4 Heroes
The Orri Running Committee (ORC) association, made up of producers of the premium mandarin variety Orri, has joined the 'Food 4 Heroes' initiative and thanks to its mediation has donated nearly 1,000 kilos of this protected variety, which will be distributed among the professionals and patients of the field hospital installed on the IFEMA campus in Madrid.
Blocks on exports of Turkey’s lemons amid COVID-19
The Turkish government has subjected lemons to export control due to the booming domestic demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. The restriction will continue until the end of August. In Turkey, lemons are mainly used for the production of cologne, which is used as an alcohol-based disinfectant in many aspects of life. They are also being consumed to boost immunity, thanks to their high content of Vitamin C. The booming demand has led to a sharp spike in lemon prices since the start of the outbreak.