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The truth about the rumours:
“Global shortage of lemons”

After several years of average prices for lemons it seems that the prices hit the sky at the moment. There seems to be a shortage of good quality lemons all over the world according to some articles in different newspapapers. According to Mr. Leenheer; Director of Bakker & Leenheer bv a global citrus trader in the Netherlands, the shortage started with the dry season in Spain. "Growers did not expect such a huge shortage during the growing season. The growers earned very good prices for their limes this season." Although there are some rumours in the market about the Argentinian production mr. Leenheer don't expect less export from Argentina; The demand from Russia seems to be higher than last year. The supposed global shortage of lemons should find its reason in various climate problems.

According to Paul Hartman from the Citrus Growers Association in South Africa:
there are two seasons here: the early season starting with a little produce in February, March and April, and the late season from July until September. "It seems that both seasons are starting and ending earlier, but as far as our information tells us we don't expect a smaller crop compared with last year. There is a remarkable change in the destination of the lemons: much more is going to Northern Europe and a substantial amount less to the Mediterranean countries. Direct to Russia is grown from 4 to 5% of our shipments."

This is also the opinion of Mr. Geoff Chappell from Katopé UK. "There was a shortage in lemons because of a smaller Spanish production some months ago. Together with a higher demand from Russia this resulted in higher prices and shortages in the market. As far as we can see right now there is no specific problem with our South African suppliers."

Publication date: 6/11/2008
Author: Wim Geurts


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