Another year of booming sales for Orri tangerine
The rise and rise of South Africa’s soft citrus
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South Africa’s tangerine/mandarin crop is projected to rise by 12% in the 2019/20 campaign, continuing the sector’s strong growth of recent times. Total production is estimated to reach 421,000 tons, mainly due to an increase in production area, normal weather conditions, and improved winter rainfall received in the main production area of the Western Cape. Moreover, many plantings are now reaching maturity. COVID had a minimal impact on labour supply.
Chilean citrus exports expected to rise 17% thanks to new orchards and replenished reservoirs
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.