Spain: Slight issues with creasing affecting some citrus varieties in Huelva

The citrus harvest in the province of Huelva, one of the first in the Peninsula to start the orange and mandarin campaign, is currently in full swing. At this time, the mid-season mandarin and orange varieties are being harvested.

The only problem observed is a bit of creasing in some varieties due to the cold that has been recorded since December, as acknowledged by experts of the Weekly Bulletin of the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia. The Clemenvilla variety, which is grown in colder areas of the province, is the one that is suffering the most and this will lead to discards, since this variety is very sensitive to the cold.

In any case, the production volume remains within normal levels and the harvest is being carried out at a livelier pace than in previous campaigns.
Frost damage has been mostly recorded in the coldest areas of the province of Almeria, especially the Almanzora, where strong winds have also caused some fruit to fall in the most unprotected plots (especially in the Andarax). In these areas, the Fino lemon and early orange harvests are still underway, while that of early mandarins has already finished.

The Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development expects the production in the 2017/2018 campaign to reach 2,018,048 tonnes, similar to the figure achieved in the previous year. Huelva is once again the province with the second largest citrus production in Andalusia, only behind Seville, with 523,173 tonnes (3.4% less than in the previous season, when it reached 541,648 tonnes).

Huelva accounts for 57% of the mandarins and 21% of the sweet oranges produced in the region. Mandarins are expected to see a 3.4% increase in the production, while sweet oranges will record a 7.1% reduction.


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