Stable Costa Rican orange crop
Bumper Brazilian orange harvest forecast for 2020/21
Brazil’s 2020/21 orange crop is projected to rise 14% from the previous year, reaching 16.93 million tons, according to FAS/Sao Paolo data. The forecast assumes normal weather conditions will prevail to support fruit setting and development of the second blossoming in the Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais commercial citrus belt. The current orange crop estimate was revised downward due to the low rainfall and high temperatures between September and October.
EU orange crop falls as prices rise
The 2019/20 EU orange crop is predicted to fall 9% from 2018/19 to 6.2 million tons, according to FAS data. The drop is the result of the heavy rains that hit Spain’s main growing regions of Valencia and Andalusia during the spring and autumn. In line with the reduced output, EU orange juice production is estimated to be down 21% to 83,724 tons.
World orange crop slumps
The world’s total orange production for the 2019/20 season is projected to drop 11% to 47.5 million tons due to unfavourable growing conditions in Brazil, Egypt, the European Union, and Morocco, according to USDA data. As a result, consumption, fruit for processing, and fresh exports are also expected to plummet.
Global citrus crop shrinks
Bumper orange crop in store
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).
Reduction in European orange farming
The orange production area of Europe’s main producers fell between 2006 and 2017, according to data published by the European Commission. By far the leading producer, Spain, saw its acreage peak in 2008 at 157,000 ha, before falling steadily back to 2006 levels in 2017 (140,000 ha). Meanwhile, Italy’s orange production area fell from 103,000 ha in 2006 to 83,000 ha in 2017. The next largest producer, Greece, registered a drop from 39,000 ha to 31,000ha. Portuguese orange production declined over the period from 19,000ha to 18,000ha.