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Fungus causes Florida's oranges to fall early
The rainy, foggy days, brought on by El Nino weather patterns, have caused the spread of a fungal disease which is causing Florida's oranges to drop from the trees prematurely. The fungal disease, PFD, or post bloom fruit drop is affecting all types of orange trees statewide.Bryan Beer is a fifth generation.....

Expanded access for AU citrus exports to South Korea
On Thursday 28 April, Australia's peak citrus industry group, Citrus Australia, and Research and Development Corporation Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) welcomed South Korea’s decision to accept Australian imports of blood oranges.Citrus Australia market access manager David Daniels said.....

AU: Two new low-seed mandarin varieties developed
Citrus breeders at the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) have developed low-seed versions of two popular US mandarins based on a two-pronged approach.Innovation on two fronts is required when introducing new varieties.At the checkout, consumers make buying choices based on.....

Questions remain over safety of neonics for citrus
Earlier this year the Environmental Protection Agency issued its “preliminary assessment” of imidacloprid, the first commercially available, widely used neonicotinoid pesticide (“neonic,” for short). The EMA concluded that the seed treatment is safe for most plants.The conclusion was good news for farmers.....

End of the campaign to be advanced to early June
Spain: Lemons more than twice the price of last season
The Verna lemon campaign kicked off about two weeks ago, with a harvest volume between 50 and 65% smaller than in the 2015 season, mostly due to the heat wave recorded during the blooming and setting stages, which mainly affected the late varieties and also had a negative impact on oranges such as the.....

Middle East market
"High lemon price is not sustainable"
Lemons and some early Navel oranges, grapefruit and easy-peelers have been shipped to the Middle East market from South Africa so far this season.The volume of lemons shipped to the Middle East so far this season is up on last year according to one exporter, the export also got under way earlier and in an.....


US(CA): Gold Nugget mandarins and Ojai Pixie tangerines peaking now
Sunkist had a large selection of specialty citrus fruit on display at the CPMA trade show in Calgary two weeks ago. “It’s perfect timing as this time of the year, many specialty varieties are in season,” says Joan Wickham with Sunkist. “Gold Nugget mandarins are in season now and are extremely sweet and.....

Mexico: Call for sanctions for speculators of lime prices
The chairman of the committee of agricultural development and water resources of the state Congress, Hector Pedraza Olguin, disapproved of the more than 60 percent general increase in the price of lime. In some places, lime prices increased by 300 percent, as the kilo went from 12 pesos in January to 36.....


Citrus availability expanding in North America, lemon market hot
With varieties grown that push the availability of citrus later in the year, the citrus season keeps getting longer in North America."It used to be that Navels were done in June," noted Seven Seas’ Jeff Baskovich, "and now we have them well into July and late- August. With the late varieties, I think citrus.....

Research: Floridian growers could plant avocado
Research conducted by Cristina Pisani, who recently completed her doctorate in horticultural sciences at the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC), shows that growers could consider planting and producing avocados in the Indian River region, which is traditionally dominated by.....

Spain: Huelva has great potential to produce late mandarins
The Association of Agricultural Nurseries (Avasa) has been collaborating for years with the Valencian Institute of Agricultural Research (IVIA) with the goal of improving the quality of some citrus varieties in order to better meet the market demands.Avasa president Francisco Llatser explains that Huelva has.....

Japanese researchers: Mikan oranges lower diabetes risk
They may be super sweet, but “mikan” Japanese mandarin oranges can prevent diabetes and other lifestyle-related diseases, a Japanese research team has found.The higher the levels of beta-cryptoxanthin--a substance found in mikans--people have in their blood, the lower the risk of diabetes, non-alcoholic.....

Huelva
Spain: Concern about effects of weather on citrus
This winter's weather conditions have significantly affected agricultural production in general. The fruits have ripened before time and the harvest season has started before time because of the mild temperatures and low rainfall. Estimates are that the fruit harvest in Huelva started about a month before it.....


Legal action against illegal plantations started
Spain: Orri mandarin production to triple in a few years
With its first working campaign almost completed, the Orri Running Committee (ORC) has warned that there are no plans to increase the number of licensed trees in Spain and Portugal, set at 1.3 million trees for both countries.Legal action against illegal plantations startedAfter successfully completing the.....

AU fruit exporters aiming for the Philippines
As part of a campaign called ''Now in Season'', business leaders representing Australian fruit exporters are in the Philippines in a bid to boost trade between the two countries and drum up business in Southeast Asia.Australia hopes to increase horticulture exports to the Philippines by 33 percent to A$20.....


Ian Thonrnhill (Vitaal Europe): "Shortage expected in the coming three weeks"
First Mexican limes of new season arrive on a good market
Today the first Mexican limes of the season arrived at Vitaal Europe. The limes were grown and packed by Inverafrut, one of the biggest lime producers in Mexico. Normally we get lime via seafreight, but the market is so good we have them via air," explained Ian Thornhill from Vitaal Europe."I expect the.....

Egyptian potato and onion exports in 2015 worth 380 million Euro
Sources of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics have revealed that Egypt exported potatoes and onions worth approximately 380 million Euro* in 2015. The value of Egypt's onion exports stood at around 200 million Euro, while potato shipments were worth about 180 million Euro.Meanwhile,.....


Far East Asia is discovering Israeli red grapefruit
Difficulties in marketing citrus products to Europe have forced Israeli growers to turn to new markets. Despite logistic and regulatory hurdles, the Far East Asia market has become an attractive alternative, both in the size of the market and especially in the prices it can yield. Early data from this season.....

Argentina is the biggest producer of lemon
This year, Argentina will produce nearly 2.6 million tons of citrus and consolidate itself as the biggest producer and exporter of lemons, as forecasts increased between 1,530,000 and 1,580,000 tons, the result of an increase in production of between 100,000 and 150,000 tons."Argentina's total citrus.....

Mexico: Lime production to increase in May and June
According to the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), there will only be more lime available in that market in May and June.April is considered the last month when there is an average supply before producers across the country start harvesting the largest.....

Florida citrus growers: 80 percent of trees infected by greening
Florida’s citrus growers say as much as 90 percent of their acreage and 80 percent of their trees are infected by the deadly greening disease, which is making a huge dent in the state’s $10.7 billion citrus industry, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences survey shows.The.....

To boost cultivation
Citrus centre of excellence opened in Kota
On Wednesday 20 April, the agriculture department of Rajasthan opened a centre of excellence for citrus fruit in Kota, with the aim of boosting cultivation in the state. Israel will help with cultivating the fruit by providing technical assistance.While inaugurating the Centre for excellence, chief minister.....

Orange juice prices drop
As drier weather helped orange crops in Florida, orange juice prices dropped on Wednesday 20 April.Frozen concentrated orange-juice futures for May delivery fell 3.5% to $1.2955 a pound on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange, the lowest close for the most active contract since March 21.WeatherBELL Analytics in New.....

José Antonio García, director of AILIMPO:
"Black Spot issue solved when South Africa closes campaign without detections"
Last week, the European Commission surprised the Spanish citrus sector with the publication of the latest update of the phytosanitary control regulations regarding Black Spot on citrus imports from South Africa, which will come into force this summer.The new regulation will allow the entry of citrus.....

Not just a lime grower anymore
Limex rebrands as Sicar Farms
Limex SiCar is now operating under the new name and brand “SiCar Farms” with the goal of better communicating the diverse commodities and availability it provides as a vertically integrated grower.Over the past three decades, the company has grown and expanded its product line on the farms and views the.....


Citron Caviar bursts onto US market
You know that saying that, 'it's so good you should bottle it'? Well Shanley Farms felt that way about their fresh finger limes and are currently working on product development of finger lime processed pulp called Citron Caviar. Of course, packaged to look like regular caviar, the little pearls may look the.....

Peru citrus to enter Japan in August
Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) announced on Tuesday the National Service for Agricultural Sanitation (Senasa) and its Japanese counterpart are resolving the phytosanitary issue between both countries, so that Peruvian citrus fruits can enter the Asian market in August.According to.....

Copa Cogeca:
"EU measures will bring black spot to Europe"
Copa Cogeca has described an EU Committee agreement to weaken import controls to prevent black spot disease in citrus fruit coming into Europe when the number of outbreaks is rising as "unacceptable"."It is unacceptable that the EU Standing Committee on Plant Health has agreed to weaken import controls to.....

Egypt’s trade deficit declines by 24.9%
Egypt’s trade deficit declined by about 24.9% in January 2016, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).The balance of trade is an economic measure of the difference in value between a country’s imports and exports during a given.....

Mexican fruit fly quarantine zone expands
The quarantine zone for the Mexican fruit fly is expanding to even more areas of the Rio Grande Valley.“Our costs are going up anywhere from $100 to $200 an acre, in some cases, continually spraying for the Mexican fruit fly,” Dale Murden, a local citrus grower, said.One of Murden’s groves is located in.....

status Citrus Black Spot, Tuta Absoluta, False Codling Moth
NVWA: less discoveries harmful organisms on import inspections
The number of discoveries of harmful organisms upon import inspections in 2015 amounted to 159 (151 in consumptive material and 8 in propagation material). The number of discoveries has decreased in regards to the previous year. Over the years a fluctuation occurs which appears to move in a certain range,.....

Florida citrus grower survey:
80% of Florida citrus infected by greening
Florida’s citrus growers say as much as 90 percent of their acreage and 80 percent of their trees are infected by the deadly greening disease, which is making a huge dent in the state’s $10.7 billion citrus industry, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences survey shows.The.....

Scientists use wasp as tool against citrus greening
Researchers in San Luis are collecting new data on a wasp that may help slow the spread of citrus greening. The parasitic wasp Tamarixia radiata is a predator of the Asian citrus psyllidis and is so small, scientists can ship 200 of them in a vial about the size of a photo film canister.The insects come from.....

Spain: Copa-Gogeca criticises EC approach against black spot
Copa-Cogeca has strongly criticised the new proposal from the European Commission to relax the controls on imports intended to prevent the entry of Citrus Black Spot (CBS) into Europe. The organizations have warned that this is completely unacceptable, since more than 100 cases of highly contagious diseases.....

Syria: Greatest citrus production expected next season
The director of the Citrus Office of the Syrian Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Mr Suhail Hamdan, reported that the country already has great prospects for the 2016/2017 citrus season, with a total production volume expected to reach over one million and 300 thousand tonnes and exceed that of.....

South Africa grants protection to Tango mandarins
Eurosemillas, the Spanish company that exploits the rights of the popular late Tango mandarin in most of the planet, except for in the US, recently received confirmation of the protection granted by the Agriculture Forestry & Fisheries Department of South Africa to this citric.The recognition of.....


Wilko van der Zwaard: “Comparable to Florida, but without rind damage”
Moroccan grapefruit season started
The Moroccan citrus season at Wilko Fruit is well under way. “We have two weeks of supply of Nadorcott in Marrakesh left, packaged in a Gaudias box and black boxes. We also package these for retailers in smaller packages of 750 gram and one kilo,” Wilko van der Zwaard says. “Additionally, the Maroc Lates.....

US (CA): Placer County citrus growers advised on how to fight a bacterial disease
Placer County citrus growers advised on how to fight a bacterial disease Over three days each autumn, mandarin lovers descend on the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn for an annual festival celebrating this signature fruit of the Sierra-Nevada foothills. The Mountain Mandarin Festival is a well-attended.....

Valencian Community
Spain: Citrus prices increase up to 20%
The 2015/2016 citrus season, which is about to end in Valencia, reflects a significant rise in prices of the major late orange varieties (Navel Lane Late and Navel Powell, among others) when compared to the start of this season and also compared to previous years. The decline in production, which are due to.....

Yucatan
Mexico: Lemon prices up due to lack of rain
Marco Vela Reyes, the secretary general of the League of Agrarian Communities and Farmers Unions, said that lemon prices had gone from 6 pesos per kilogram to more than 35 pesos because of a sharp drop in local production caused by a lack of rain.In an interview, Vela Reyes said that, due to the drop in.....

Volkert Engelsman - Eosta
"Organic growers in South Africa used as scape goat as a result of EU-protectionism"
On Thursday April 14, Dutch daily paper Trouw published an opinion article by Eosta's founding director Volkert Engelsman. In the article, Engelsman claims that organic citrus growers in South Africa are being used as a scape goat in an attempt to get rid of European import restrictions imposed on South.....

Mexico: 30% of apples in Cuauhtemoc of poor quality
30% of the 400,000 tons of apples produced in the region of Cuauhtemoc is of poor quality. As a result, that 30% is sold at dumping prices to the market forcing producers to sell the remaining 70%, which has a good quality, at low prices, said Sigifredo Corral, the president of the Association of Apple.....

Tuxpan
Mexico: Over 1,200 hectares of citrus at mercy of pests
According to Julio Reyes Vazquez, the president of the municipal committee of the National Peasant Confederation (CNC), more than 1,200 hectares of citrus are at the mercy of pests, such as the fruit fly, that would affect 2,000 producers in Tuxpan alone, because of the lack of government support in this.....

USDA estimate of 2015-16 Florida orange crop increases again
For the second consecutive month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) raised its estimate of the 2015-2016 Florida orange crop predicting growers will produce 76 million boxes, a 7 percent increase.A 5 million box rise in Valencias to 40 million accounted for the jump. Early and Mid-Season varieties.....

Satellites helping citrus growers in Valencia
Scientists at the Universitat Politècnica de València have combined images provided by European and American remote sensing satellites to diagnose the irrigation status of citrus fields, as well as other crop characteristics such as vegetation cover or plant vigour.The project is the result of an experiment.....


Totaí Citrus: "We harvest when our competitors are not yet producing"
Will Bolivian lemons manage to match their competitors?
Bolivian lemon producers have started finding their way to international markets in recent years. While they are still unable to compete in terms of volume with well-known exporters, such as Argentina and South Africa, they have the advantage of starting the harvest when the fruit in other countries still.....


Peter Maes, Zeghers: “Never experienced this”
Lemon prices soaring
Expectations are that lemon prices will soar in the coming period. Currently, prices are already at a good level, but it is expected that they will be even higher next week, according to Peter Maes of import company Zeghers from Brussels. “I have never experienced this before in my entire career,” he.....

AU: Citrus researcher looks into overseas rootstock
Imported citrus rootstock could open up new growing areas and higher volumes for growers based on research happening in New South Wales.Rootstock can have a large effect on many aspects of production including yield, fruit quality, tree size, disease tolerance and scion compatibility.All commercial citrus.....

Argentina passed lemon analysis to export to the US
The Argentine ambassador to the United States, Martin Lousteau, said the lifting of the suspension of the trade of Argentine lemons to the US market was imminent because Argentina had passed all the tests required to authorize the re-entry of this product to US territory."We will have an announcement in a.....

US: Wonderful Citrus makes major acquisitions in Persian limes
Wonderful Citrus, an integrated grower, shipper and packer of fresh citrus, announced the acquisition of I. Kunik Company, a major distributor of Persian limes grown in Mexico, and the purchase of the operations of B&S Grupo Exportador, S.A. de C.V., a major supplier of Persian limes to the worldwide.....


At "Fabex" exhibition in Tokyo
Oranfrizer celebrates 18 years of export to Japan
Oranfrizer will exhibit at the Wine & Gourmet showcase in Tokyo, from April 13th to 15th, and will celebrate 18 years of exports in Japan, a goal reached year after year, focusing always on the high quality "made in Italy". The company exports all year round, 100% Sicilian NFC citrus juices enlarging.....


S. African farmers troubled by fruit flies
Farmers in Mpumalanga, a province in eastern South Africa, are bewailing a loss of income which they contribute to Oriental Fruit flies spreading disease on their crops.Originally from Asia, the insects lay eggs on fruits causing them to rot and making them unsuitable for export.Mango, litchi, avocado and.....

Spain: European Commission to investigate abuse in citrus farms
The European Commission has announced the inspection of citrus plantations in the Guadalquivir valley, covering more than 30,000 hectares in 25 municipalities of Cordoba and Seville, in order to prevent labour abuse. The Mayor of Palma del Río, the socialist José Antonio Ruiz Almenara, met Thursday with the.....

Market share of Syrian citrus in Russia may reach 10% this year
The Director of Agriculture in the Syrian province of Latakia, Mr Munther Kheirbek, revealed that the country's agricultural exports to Russia amounted to 9 thousand tonnes since the beginning of the season this year as a result of the agreements reached between the two countries.Kheirbek pointed out that.....

US(CA): Lemon market to pick up heading into summer
Lemon supplies from the Central Valley are winding down, and though there will still be production in the coastal areas, production will decrease as we head into summer. With less fruit, prices are expected to climb until imports arrive.“Supplies of lemons are coming from District 1, which is the San Joaquin.....

South Africa suspends shipping of organic lemons to Europe
The South African citrus industry has gone to huge lengths at a huge cost (1 billion Rand), to lower the interceptions of CBS in recent years and have reduced the cases of CBS found in citrus shipments from 35 in 2013, 28 in 2014 to 15 in 2015.Following internal analysis, studies and reflection on the 2015.....

Florida Gov. puts conditions on state money at Citrus Department
Florida Department of Citrus officials have learned that the $7.65 million of state general revenue it will get in the new 2016-17 budget comes with strings attached.Gov. Rick Scott set several conditions for the Citrus Department's use of that state money in a letter he sent Tuesday. Among them is an.....

South Africa: Black citrus growers get investment venture
Participation in the company will also see emerging citrus growers being able to enter the export market."The involvement of black people in the fruit industry in the past was mainly confined to that of being a worker or a vendor. The creation of this company will hopefully increase meaningful participation.....

Orange juice futures rebound
As the Brazilian real turned higher against the dollar for the first time in three sessions on Wednesday 6 April, orange juice futures rebounded.Brazil is the world's largest producer of orange juice and when the real is stronger against the dollar, it discourages sales as producers wait for more favorable.....

Dispute over sweetening Belize citrus
Citrus Products of Belize Limited has decided to leave its citrus in the field to sweeten a little more. The logic behind doing so is that the fruit will ripen more, become sweeter and then they will be able to fetch higher prices for the juice; the profits from which will be shared with the Citrus Growers.....