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Return to normal lemon harvest in Spain

Ailimpo said the Spanish lemon campaign is underway but with small volumes so far because of Southern Hemisphere stocks remain. It will pick up to full pace in October, when fresh lemons from Spain replace the older Southern Hemisphere fruit.

Spain is in line for a 2016/17 lemon harvest of 980,000 tons, up 22% on last season, according to the latest forecast by Ailimpo, the Spanish interprofessional association for lemons and grapefruit.

It estimates the grapefruit crop will come in at 67,000 tons, down 6% on 2015/16.

In a press release, the Murcia-based association said the figures represent a return to normal in the case of lemons and stability regarding grapefruit. It said they also mean Spain will continue its market leadership in Europe.

Spanish lemon, grapefruit harvest progress

Ailimpo said the Spanish lemon campaign is underway but with small volumes so far because of Southern Hemisphere stocks remain. It will pick up to full pace in October, when fresh lemons from Spain replace the older Southern Hemisphere fruit.

The grapefruit harvest will largely begin in the second half of October. Ailimpo also said it expects a drop in imports from Florida and Israel in Europe this season..

Its next harvest estimates are due to be released on January 26.

 

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Spain expects 980,000 tons for coming lemon crop

The Spanish lemon campaign is on track to start on time in September, with exports in full swing by October.

Spain’s lemon crop is expected to bounce back to normal in the 2016/17 season with a harvest of about 980,000 tons.

Ailimpo, the country’s interprofessional association for lemons and grapefruit, estimates the coming season will thus see a 22% increase on the output for 2015/16, which is forecast to have reached 802,680 tons of lemons when it ends in late August.

It said the recovery anticipated recovery will be largely due to the progressive entry into production of new plantings.

The current planted area actually has a potential capacity of delivering around 1.2 million tons but this was impeded due to the weather conditions this year, in particular the fact there was virtually no winter and then a long spring.

The Spanish campaign is on track to start on time in September, with exports in full swing by October, it said.

source: http://www.ailimpo.com/noticias/index.php?ntc=314