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Another record year for South Africa’s citrus exports 

Another record year for South Africa’s citrus exports 
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South Africa’s 2021 citrus exports are expected to set another record, driven largely by late  mandarins. The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) estimates 158.7 million cartons will be shipped in 2021, compared to 146 million in 2020  and  130 million in 2019,  meaning a 22% export growth in just  two years.

Eswatini and  Zimbabwe combined have  also increased their export figures from  3.9 million cartons in 2020, to an estimated 4.4 million  cartons in 2021  – an increase of 13%. Navel  oranges and  lemons have  shown a small  increase since last  year, while  Valencia oranges (+5%) and  grapefruit (+16%) have  shown a stronger increase.

 

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Spanish lemon crop set to grow 10%

Spanish lemon crop set to grow 10%

 

Alimpo has projected a 10% larger Spanish lemon crop for the 2021/21 campaign. The total estimated volume of 1.25 million tons is subject to sufficient summer and autumn rainfall. Production of the Fino variety is predicted to climb 14% to 845,000 tons, with optimal sizes thanks to the good availability of water. The Verna lemon crop is expected to be down 2% to 300,000 tons. Alimpo expects the campaign to be profitable with a good and fair balance of prices and distribution of economic value throughout the chain to allow Spain to remain competitive against the supply of lemon from competing third countries such as Turkey and Egypt. A statement read: “Furthermore, GLOBALG.A.P. and GRASP certifications are key elements for the next season, within our strategy to differentiate Spanish lemons and promote sustainable economic, environmental and social production.”

Spain is the world’s leading exporter of fresh lemons and second biggest exporter of processed lemons. Revenues total about €700m each year.

 

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Spanish production estimates indicate larger potato and apple crops

 

The overall Spanish potato crop is expected to be 11.3% larger this season, according to data published by the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Mid-season volumes are up 10.5% from last season, while late varieties also increased by +8.5%.  As for onions, ”babosa” varieties are down 0.3%, while “grano” varieties are up 7.0%. Spain’s summer tomato production is up 13.3% (including fruit for processing). Meanwhile, Spain’s watermelon crop is up 10.9%, and carrots are up 1%, pumpkin (-3-3%), melon (-3.1%) and aubergine (-3%) are all down. As for other fruits, apple production is up 17.9%, while the pear will be 5.8% smaller.  The peach crop is relatively stable (+0.5%) in the latest estimate.

Source: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

 

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Increase in Spanish tomato crop

Increase in Spanish tomato crop

 

According to first official estimates for the 2019 Spanish vegetable campaigns, extra-early potato production is up 5.2%, while output of early varieties surged 24.4%. The onion crop contracted 12.9%. As for tomatoes, the “January-May” crop climbed 4.6%, and the “summer” (June-Sept) rose 5.8%, in its first estimates.

As for other vegetable crops, the largest increase was for green peas (+27%), followed by pepper (+10%), mushrooms (+8.2%), spinach (+3.7%), carrot (+3.2%), asparagus (+2.6%) and strawberry and strawberry (+ 0.1%). Meanwhile, there is expected to be a drop in output of artichoke (-11.4%), cucumber (-9.9%), radish (-6.8%), green beans (-3.9%), courgette (-2.5%) and aubergine (-1.4%). 

As for fruit crops, estimates show increases in plum (+13.4%), raspberry (+3.2%) and strabwerry (0.1%), but contractions in apricot (-26.1%), cherry (-9.9%) and peach (-1.1%).

 

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Larger harvests overall for Spanish fresh produce farmers

Larger harvests overall for Spanish fresh produce farmers

The latest estimates published by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for the country’s 2018/19 vegetable crop indicate an increase in output of potato. Production of extra-early potato varieties is expected to increase by 5.2%, in line with a corresponding expansion in production area. The early potato crop is forecast to be up 24.8%, despite little variation in growing area. As for tomatoes, production for the first five months of 2019 is up 1.1%. The aubergine and mushroom crops are respectively 3.4% and 1.4% larger. There are smaller harvests expected for onion (-15%) and asparagus (-0.5%).

Very early estimates for Spain’s fruit production indicate a mixed picture. While there is a sharp decline in apricot (-20.4%), there is a rise in peach (+3.7%) and raspberry (0.9%). Strawberry remains unchanged.

Source: Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

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Significantly larger Spanish citrus crop expected

Significantly larger Spanish citrus crop expected

The 2018/19 Spanish citrus campaign is estimated to register an increase in crop size for all crops compared with the 2017/19 season, according to data published by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The most notable growth is expected to be recorded in satsuma, where the harvest is set to soar by 31.3%). The next largest increase is forecast for lemon (21.5%), followed by clementine (+20.5%), orange (+14.3%), and grapefruit (+2.3%). 

Source: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

 

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A promising outlook for Spain’s peach and nectarine campaign

A promising outlook for Spain’s peach and nectarine campaign

The first estimates for the 2019 Spanish peach and nectarine are in and so far so good. Normal fruit volumes are expected with no loss due to frost damage. The good weather from the beginning of the season has led to good flower set. Production levels are expected to be similar to those of 2018. The total size of the crop for all peach and nectarine varieties is expected to reach 1.58 million tons, up slightly from the 2018 level of 1.49 million tons.

The stone fruit market has not been so favourable in April and May due to the fact the huge Russian market remains closed and alternative overseas markets are not an option.

Crop estimates (tons)

PRODUCT

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

PREV 2019

2019 vs 18

2019 vs 17

2019 vs (media 5 años) 

 Peach

301.828

302.701

314.964

354.032

311.066

329.022

106%

93%

104%

Saturn Peach

254.783

263.227

303.307

354.741

301.388

324.186

108%

91%

110%

Flat Nectarine

257.764

275.658

287.370

305.205

308.957

307.041

99%

101%

107%

Nectarine

543.980

555.845

599.862

692.802

567.077

623.141

110%

90%

105%

TOTAL

1.358.355

1.397.431

1.505.503

1.706.780

1.488.488

1.583.390

106%

93%

106%

Source: Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias

 

 

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Heatwave leads to 48% drop in California avocado crop

Heatwave leads to 48% drop in California avocado crop

California expects its lowest avocado harvest in a decade due to last year’s intense heat wave across the state. According to California Avocado Committee estimates, this year’s crop will be 79,000 tons – 48% lower than last year’s 153,000 tons. The state’s crop fluctuates greatly on an annual basis, with its record harvest being recorded in 2010, when total production volumes reached 242,445 tons. Peru and South Africa also expect declines in their avocado crop this year. The president of the California Avocado Committee, Tom Bellamore, said, “There are areas that should have had a much better production, but were really affected by temperatures that exceeded 38°C, some places recorded 46 or 47°C for a short period of time, and unfortunately that affected the trees and fruit production.” The low temperatures in the previous months and forest fires may also have contributed to the low forecast.

The good news is that heavy winter rains have led to more robust trees, which could result in larger sizes. The season will be shorter than last year’s and is expected to offer maximum volumes between the end of March and July. The season usually extends until September.

 

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Bumper Spanish citrus crop

Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture has published its official production estimates for the country’s 2018/19 citrus crop. There has been an increase in volumes from last season for all of the major productions, especially in satsumas, where output is set to rocket by 33.5%. The next biggest climber is lemon, which is forecast to be up 17.6%, followed by clementines (+16.2%), orange (+11.2%) and grapefruit (+6.6%).

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Sharp fall in Spanish citrus output in 2017-18 ­

Preliminary data for estimations of Spanish fruit and vegetable production in the first five months of 2018 show extra-early potato volumes are up 4.3%, while tomato volumes are down 6.2% compared to 2017. As for other vegetables, increased volumes have been recorded of cucumber (+20.3%), leek (+17.5%) and broccoli (+10.8%). In contrast, lower output has been registered for green peas (-17.3%), green beans (-7.8%), artichoke (-2.8%) and celery (-1.8%). The first production estimates for fruit over the same period show increases in peach (+7.1%), cherry (+4.5%) and apricot (+3.8%), with a fall recorded in plum (-11.4%). Final estimates for avocado production in 2017 indicate a 10.2% rise compared to 2016.

Source: Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

As for citrus production, estimates for the 2017-18 campaign indicate a decline in all crops,
except in grapefruit, which increased by 8.2% The biggest drop was recorded in satsuma (-26.9%), followed by clementine (-17.6%), orange (-8.7%) and lemon (-6.1%). Production of the mandarins group as a whole fell 14.8%.