Trend reversal

Spain: Kakis and pomegranates removed to plant citrus fruits

The news has started spreading quickly. There are no citrus seedlings; the nurseries have almost no stocks left, at least of those of the most commercial varieties, despite it still being early February.

This hadn't happened for many years, so the surprise has been even greater. Moreover, in previous years, it was common for the stocks of other kinds of seedlings to run out earlier: kakis, pomegranates, almonds and even olive trees, depending on the variety. But now the situation has been reversed. There are leftover kakis and pomegranates of all kinds, and the demand for almonds has significantly fallen.

Everything goes hand in hand with the prices. This year, the upward trend of almonds has been reversed and the prices have fallen. Those who had planned to plant almond trees are now reconsidering it. They have heard that many are being planted across Spain, as well as in America and Australia.

It is striking to see many doing away with their pomegranates and kakis before them actually becoming productive, or still in their early years, with the idea of going back to orange trees, which they had discarded just as quickly.

The result is that there are now plenty of fruit trees for which there had been shortages in recent years and which had to be ordered in advance, while orange and mandarin trees are running out. Citrus nurseries, which had preferred to remain cautious in their production forecasts, are now unable to meet the growing demand, and are consequently forced to work against the clock.

The demand for citrus trees is mainly oriented towards late varieties, especially oranges, as that is where the biggest growth potential is observed at the moment. There is also a rise in the demand for second season mandarins, both for those subject to royalties and those that are free of them.


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