Profit increases by 23%

Spain: Castellon's citrus sector recovering from last year's crisis

Castellon-based citrus producers are about to close the campaign with better results than in the previous season, which was considered one of the worst in recent years due to the inclement weather and the competition from South Africa.

According to the balance of the Unió de Llauradors, the citrus season is coming to an end with a profit of 192 million Euro, which is 23% more than in 2016/2017, when it stood at 156 million. When looking specifically at the Clemenules, which is Castellon's most important variety, representing 50% of the total production, producers have earned 77 million Euro; 9% more than in 2016 (70 million).

The price of the Clemenules has increased by 18%, from 0.22 Euro per kilo to 0.26 Euro. The price of other types of mandarins, such as the Orogrande, Hernandina or Marisol, has also improved. "We can confirm that there has been a drop in the Clemenules production volume and a higher average price compared to previous years. It has generally been a good campaign," explains Carles Peris, head for citrus in Castelló at the Unió de Llauradors, who points out that "prices have been good in the second part of the campaign and an increase in income is also expected."

Castellon has also harvested the expected volume for this year: 610,878 tonnes. This is 23% less than in the 2016/2017 season. This decline was meant for the supply and the demand to be brought into greater balance, given the very poor results achieved last year.

La Unió considers it important to strengthen the marketing channels in new markets, such as Canada, China or Indonesia. They believe that exports should be diversified beyond the traditional markets of the European Union "because we always export the same, regardless of how much fruit we harvest," says Peris.


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