The world’s orange crop is expected to reach an 8-year high of 54.3 million tons in the 2018/19 campaign. The favourable weather conditions have fostered large harvests in the US and Brazil. Consumption is estimated to be up. South Africa and Egypt remain the top two suppliers, accounting for a combined 60% of world exports. Egypt’s production is expected to reach a record 3.4 million tons (+10%) thanks to an expanded production area. Exports are estimated to rise 4% to 1.6 million tons. Good weather has also produced a strong EU crop (+4% to 6.5 million tons).
Bumper orange crop in store
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.
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%).
Chilean table grape production falls along with exports
In MY2018/19, Chile is expected to register a fall of 4.5% in table grape production, to 870,000 tons. This decline is partly due to a drop in yields due to an unusually hot summer and a decrease in planted area, especially in the Copiapó valley in the north. Chile’s table grape planted area in MY2018/19 totalled 47,800 ha – a shrinkage of 8% from the previous campaign, in the face of increasing competition from Peru in the US market. The majority of Chile’s 16,300 table grape vineyards are small or medium-sized.
Chilean apple exports down 5% after difficult winter
Chile’s apple exports are expected to fall due to the smaller crop that stemmed from adverse weather conditions during the spring and winter. According to USDA data, total fresh apple exports will reach 739,000 tons in MY 2018/19, down 5% from the previous campaign. The country’s total apple planted area totalled 34,427 hectares in 2018/19, a drop of 4.2% from MY2017/18.
Global lemon and lime crop up 5% and sets new record
The world’s production of lemons and limes in 2018/19 is projected to be up 5% to a new record of 8.2 million tons, according to USDA data. Increased volumes have been recorded in Mexico, Argentina, the EU and Turkey, which should more than offset the drop in production in the US. Consumption and exports are both expected to set new records.
Russia’s apple crop projected to break 1.5 million-ton barrier
Russia’s 2018/19 apple production is forecast at 1,506,100 tons, according to USDA. Nevertheless, despite being a major producer, Russia imported 858,600 tons in 2017/18. Imported volumes of apple are predicted to decrease to 815,000 tons in 2018/19. Similarly, Russia’s imports of table grapes and pears are also expected to fall this year, to 270,000 tons and 352,000 tons, respectively, due to the rise in domestic production.
World’s grapefruit production climbs 4% and sets new record
The world’s 2018/19 grapefruit crop is projected up 4% to a record 7 million tons, thanks to an improvement in the US crop and a bumper Chinese harvest benefitting from favourable weather and an expanded area. The world’s consumption is up 3% while exports are up 8%, thanks to the higher available supplies, according to USDA data.
Global orange production up 9% in 2018/19
The world’s orange output for 2018/19 is expected to rise 9% to 51.8 million tons, thanks to favourable weather conditions in Brazil and the US. According to USDA data, fresh orange exports are predicted to be up 4% to 5.1 million tons. Brazil’s crop is projected up 13% to 17.8 million tons, of which 12.8 million tons is for processing (+22%). China’s output is expected to fall slightly to 7.2 million, due to unfavourable weather in Jiangxi province. South Africa and Egypt are the top two suppliers to China, accounting for 60% of the country’s imports.
Decrease in Italy’s orange and lemon crops
Italy’s 2018/19 orange crop is expected to be 7.5% lower due to summer rains and the major flooding incidents in Sicily in October and November. In contrast, Italy’s 2018/19 tangerine production is forecast to increase by 14.8%, thanks to favourable weather conditions in Calabria, the main producing region. Meanwhile, Italy’s 2018/19 lemon harvest is predicted to be down by 8% as a result of hailstorms which struck during the spring. Quality levels for all crops is forecast to be excellent.