AILIMPO´s first estimate for Spain’s 2020/2021 lemon harvest is of 1,250,000 tons, representing an overall increase of 10% compared to 2019/2020. Whether this first crop estimate is realised will depend on the availability of water in summer and autumn rains. The estimated global lemon production figure will allow Spain to remain the leading exporter of fresh lemon, and the second largest processor of lemon juice, essential oil and dehydrated peel in the world.
AILIMPO: first estimate for Spain’s 2020/2021 lemon
Reduced EU lemon crop in 2019/20 despite larger growing area
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.
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.
Global citrus crop shrinks
Argentine lemons to land in China finally
After protracted negotiations lasting 15 years, Argentine lemons have finally been granted access to the Chinese market. Argentina’s agriculture minister, Luis Basterra, and deputy minister of the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC), Li Guo, signed the phytosanitary protocol in Buenos Aires in 17th December to give the go ahead to exports of the prized Argentine citrus fruit, which is emblematic of the country. Guo highlighted how China wished to continue strengthening the bilateral relationship with Argentina.
Spanish lemon crop returns to normal
After a record 2018/19 lemon harvest, Spain is set for more normal volumes this season. According to Ailimpo, the 2019/20 Spanish lemon crop is estimated to reach 1,110,000 tons, down 15% from last year. The picture is different depending on the varieties, with Fino dropping 11% in volume and Verna down 24%. The good news is that the crops appear to have emerged relatively unscathed from the mid-September storms.
Argentina to ships lemons
Argentina’s lemon producers have gained access to the lucrative Indian market. As of 2020, the South American country’s lemons will be able to enter India, following the signing of a protocol agreement between the two countries. A new brand “Frutas de Argentina” has recently been launched to promote Argentine lemons in the Indian market. And there is more good news for the Argentinian produce sector: India will also be receiving Argentine chia from next year.