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Chilean citrus exports expected to rise 17% thanks to new orchards and replenished reservoirs

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Abundant rainfall has increased water availability in Chile and allowed an expansion in the area planted of citrus. Likewise, citrus exports are expected to increase by 17% for the 2017-2018 season, according to the Citrus Committee of Chile-ASOEX. The greatest increase to will be for tangerines (+32%, 101,000 tons), followed by oranges (84,000 tons, +12%) and clementines (52,000 tons, +27%). Lemon exports will also rise by 1% to 78,100 tons.

The main driver of increased export volume of mandarins is the entry into production of new orchards, helped by the greater availability of water following last winter’s rains.