Citrus

US (FL): $17.9 million to combat citrus disease
The fight against a disease infecting Florida’s oranges would get a hefty boost from a House spending proposal. The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee included $17.9 million for the state’s response to citrus greening in a budget proposal Tuesday.Of that money, $8 million.....

Right way to peel an orange

US (PA): Tarocco blood oranges available
“Tarocco blood oranges are in from Sicily, Italy”, says Kara Wilson with John Vena Produce, Inc. They are grown on the volcanic plain of Mt. Etna, where the fertile soil gives the oranges their deep color and unique flavor. “Tarocco oranges contain the highest level of vitamin C of any orange variety in the.....

US (CA): Citrus pest found near Madera
Madera County and state agricultural officials are stepping up their insect trapping efforts after a single Asian citrus psyllid was found just southeast of the city of Madera.The pest poses a serious threat to the citrus industry because of its potential to carry huanglongbing, a deadly plant disease.Stevie.....

Region of Valencia
Spain: Ministry acknowledges damage caused by Clemenules senescence
The Ministry of Agriculture has acknowledged the extent of the damage caused by "pixat" (senescence) to Castellon's Clemenules. In a recent meeting with various citrus organisations, the General Directors of Productions and Agricultural Markets, Fernando Miranda, and Agricultural Production Health, Valentín.....

AU: 22% navel production saved with netting
Installing permanent netting over navel citrus orchards has produced 22 per cent more first grade fruit than conventional, un-netted orchards. These are the early results of a study done by the NSW Department of Primary Industries at a Seven Fields orchard, north of Mildura.Seven Fields opened their gates to.....

Chile: 70% more cherries to China
During the PMA Breakfast Seminar in Chile (Casa Piedra), where several agricultural industry issues were addressed, Kurt Huang, General Manager of Shanghai Oheng, spoke about exporting to China. He stated that Chile sends 70% more cherries to Chinalast year with a total of 79,000 tons......

RSA citrus export stop to Spain
Following the letter sent to inspectors and inspection services by Spanish authorities, claiming that South African citrus posed a greater threat for the spread of CBS than that from other third countries, and that it would be thus subject to stricter inspections, the Citrus Growers Association of South.....

US (FL): Beer to help save citrus?
The Florida Department of Citrus advises growers troubled by the war against citrus greening or falling orange juice sales to plop an orange slice into the frothy head of a Blue Moon Belgian White Ale and relax, at least for a while.Officials at the Citrus Department and Blue Moon Brewing Co. in Golden,.....

Smaller calibres and fiercer competition from Argentina and South Africa
Spain: Growing uncertainty for lemon
The Spanish lemon campaign continues with good sales and similar prices to last year's, of between 0.20 and 0.28 Euro per kilo at origin, depending on quality, according to data released by the Council of Agriculture and Water of Murcia.At present, the variety available is the Primofiori, which will be.....

Bulgaria strengthens control on citrus imports
The Bulgarian Agency for Food Safety (NVS) is currently strengthening controls on citrus fruit imports, as reported by Atanas Drobenov, of the Agency's Food and Border Control department. The expert explained that in addition to the documents certifying the products' origin, quality certificates are also.....

US: Early bloom for CA citrus growers
For a third consecutive year navel orange trees will blossom early, with this year’s bloom about the same time as last year’s record early bloom.“There is some stuff already open,” said Kurt Kilburn, deputy ag commissioner for Tulare County. Last year, the county declared its first Citrus Bloom on March 17.....


Lemon with edible skin
Düsseldorf wholesale market is a transshipment centre for fruit, vegetables and exotics from all over the world. At Karl Klees GmbH you can find a speciality at the moment. The company is importing the “Amalfi-lemon” from Italy. Hans Peter Deutschmann is one of the managing directors and owner of Karl.....

Ghana: Citrus farmers receive training
About 140 citrus farmers from the Ashanti, Eastern and Central regions have undergone a two- week capacity building programme through transfer of technology towards improving citrus productivity in the country.The Israeli Agency of International Development Cooperation - MASHAV, in partnership with Ghana’s.....


Mohamed Ghallab: "Far East promising for export"
Egypt's citrus sector has been expanding for the past several years. While Russia and its neighbouring countries remain important destinations, the volume exported annually to the Netherlands is also on the rise. "Overall, Egypt's citrus production reaches between 3 and 3.5 million tonnes," says Mohamed.....

US (Fl): Disease continues to squeeze orange forecast
Already forecast to be lower than last year’s yield, citrus greening has dropped this season’s orange production prediction even further.The National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday said the season’s Florida orange production will be down 1 percent from the.....

Valencia orange crop below five-year average
The March 2014-15 Valencia orange crop forecast is 20 million cartons, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.The most recent USDA forecast was based on the results of the 2014-15 Valencia Orange Objective Measurement (O.M.).....

Argentina: The financial challenges of exportable lemon
This year's lemon harvest will exceed last year's values. However, according to All Lemon, the organization that grants the quality seals for export, the production is still far from being a normal production. "The plants haven't re-accommodated themselves biologically speaking. The effect of the heavy frost.....

Pakistan meets citrus export target
The country is expected to meet the 0.3 million tones of citrus export target this year, earning foreign exchange of $ 200 million during the season.The expected export of 60,000 to 70,000 tones kinnow during the next 30 to 40 days of this season will help in meeting the set target.According to Waheed Ahmed,.....

Argentina: Tucumán strengthens its global leadership in lemons
A group of businessmen from Tucuman, with support from the Institute for Productive Development of Tucumán (IDEP), participated at Fruit Logistica held in Berlin during the first days of February.Fruit Logistica, one of the biggest fairs for fresh fruits and vegetables in the world, took place between.....


Ángeles Camacho, of Mandarina Queen: "The European market has become very picky"
China good alternative to saturated EU for Spanish citrus
"It is currently difficult to make a profit with the prices paid by citrus at the moment," states Ángeles Camacho, of the marketing department of the Valencian company Mandarina Queen. "This campaign appears to be a little more positive, although results are similar to the previous year. At least right.....

US (CA): Citrus psyllids found near Orange Cove
Two more Asian citrus psyllids have been found near Orange Cove, prompting the California Department of Food and Agriculture to expand a protective zone in the area.The latest find comes a month after state agriculture inspectors found several other of the insects in the area. Last month, a quarantine was.....


Exchange rate hurts Israeli citrus exports
Though Israeli citrus growers have had to contend with adverse weather this season, damage from hail hasn't been their biggest problem. The current exchange rate means their standout commodities, Orri clementines and grapefruit, have not been as profitable as they could be.“The Orri clementine is still.....


Lebanon: Citrus growers in Batroun affected by storms
"The fruit is not fit to eat or to sell, not even for juice, after the severe damage caused by storms, hail and frosts." This is the general complaint of citrus growers on Lebanon's Alaptrona coast, who hope for better luck next season, since the storms also caused damage to many trees.Citrus cultivation.....

Israel: “Focus mainly on Orri Clementine”
BeFresh markets large amounts of fruit and vegetables from Israel to Russia. Two years ago, BeFresh Europe was founded, focusing primarily on fruit exports to Europe. The main products for Befresh Europe are citrus and avocado. The citrus season in Israel runs from September to April. "We start the year with.....

Prices of Spanish canned mandarins go up
The high demand for food service canned mandarins this year expects the Spanish canned mandarin production to fall short at 20,000 tons. A lot of Spanish canners are complaining about the weak production of canned mandarin, asserting that there are enough fruit produced and to be packed. With this kind of.....

US (FL): New funds to fight citrus greening
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences received funds to help find a cure for one of the Florida citrus’ most costly pests.Researchers at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) were awarded about $13.4 million last month as part of the federal Specialty Crop.....

Texas citrus trees in high demand
The Texas citrus industry is composed of two divisions, the Valley which is used to grow fruit as produce, and the nursery industry which provides young citrus plants for backyard operations. “We don’t transport our trees into the Texas Valley citrus zone as a safety precaution,” explains Becnel, “we do this.....

Regularisation of Orri mandarin will cost 66 Euro per tree
The Unió de Llauradors (Growers Association) has asked the Ministry of Agriculture to mediate and intervene in the regularisation process of Orri mandarins.Sources from the Unió argue that both the actual acreage and production in Spain are unknown and therefore reject the rights of holders and breeders to.....

California Citrus Mutual’s showcase this week
California Citrus Mutual’s annual Citrus Showcase will put Tulare County’s No. 2 crop on display. The annual event will be held Thursday at the Visalia Convention Center. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m.The 8 a.m. session features a “Partial Discussion on Water” featuring the deputy.....

Bitter times for Florida Citrus
Once the centerpiece of agribusiness in Florida, the state's citrus industry is now in crisis. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, crop forecast estimates for oranges, which supply most of the nation's orange juice, call for only 103 million boxes to be produced this year.Florida Department of.....

Bugman' Ruud Kleinpaste on Queensland fruit fly
In the wake of the latest appearance of a Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni) in a pheromone trap in Grey Lynn, it may be prudent to chuck a spotlight on these devilish but beautiful insects and their unfortunate lifestyle.First of all, we may need to clearly define what type of "fruit fly" we are.....

Iraq: Citrus productivity in Diyala down by 70%
The Agricultural Committee in Iraq's Diyala province confirmed a decline in citrus production for the current season of more than 70% because of the security unrest and displacement of growers as a result of military operations.It stated that this major setback for the province's citrus producers will likely.....

Legal terms agree to go to trial
Nadorcott infringement matter postponed
In South Africa, by agreement between all the parties, the interdict application brought by NADOR COTT PROTECTION SARL (NCP) & CITROGOLD (PTY) LTD against EUROSEMILLAS, STARGROW & OTHERS (CASE NUMBER: 16303/14) against the sale of Tango in South Africa has been withdrawn. At the same time, the.....

Manuel Baides: "The Russian veto has pushed Spanish citrus prices overseas"
First Spanish Lane Late shipments to the UAE and Asia
An attractive-looking fruit, with good colour and flavour; that is how Manuel Baides, purchasing manager at Alquimia Fruits, describes the first Lane Late oranges loaded into containers bound for the UAE and other markets in Asia.According to Manuel, prices in the current citrus campaign are still averaging.....


Stagnation in the lime market
Lime importers with already scheduled appointments are doing pretty well at the moment, but it is more difficult for those who have surrendered to the daily market. According to a trader, the market started slowing down over a week ago, "Until December it was quite good. The moral in January was the same as.....


Honduras: Orange exports on the rise
Honduras is becoming Central America's largest citrus producer and exporter. Its oranges, grapefruit and lemons are consumed in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.About 600 truckloads of oranges from the Lower Aguán and Sonaguera, in the department of Colón, and several communities in the department of.....


Cristóbal Aguado, of AVA-ASAJA, and José Antonio García, of AILIMPO:
"South Africa cancelling citrus shipments to S. Europe is nonsense"
Last week, we published the article "South Africa may consider stopping citrus exports to southern Europe", in which Jourbert Deon,on behalf of the South African Citrus Growers Association, reported the African country's proposal to stop citrus exports to southern Europe because of the "incongruity" in the.....

Gross loss first half year Asian Citrus
Asian Citrus Holdings Ltd Thursday swung to a gross loss in the first half of the year, hit by a significant drop in revenue, largely due to lower orange production following damage to its plantations from two typhoons during the period and the infection of its orange trees with the citrus canker disease.The.....


Van Ooijen Citrus with Californian Minneolas in Markthal
"Minneolas have become more popular"
Since 2008, Van Ooijen citrus BV has been importing Minneolas from California. The growing season has gone well, and the quality of the first arrivals is very good, according to Marcel van der Welle. "The flavour is magnificent, with a high brix. Minneolas from California have something special. They taste.....

US: Different lemon growing areas complement each other
“North American lemon supplies are coming out of California this time of the year”, says John Carter with Limoneira. “Some California growing regions offer year-round supply, but the peak is really from October through June.” Limoneira also grows lemons in Arizona and recently expanded into Chile......

Launches on-line sale of Guadalquivir Valley oranges
Zumosol expands its business
Zumosol will be offering consumers oranges produced in the Guadalquivir Valley, just like the ones the company uses for the production of its juices. These can be purchased at the new on-line store www.naranjaszumosol.com. On-line orders must be of 10 kilo boxes, which will be delivered within 24.....

French lemon festival in full swing
The lemon festival in Menton has been in full-swing since the 14th February. Carts decorated in citrus fruit parade the streets and attract thousands of tourists every year.To obtain a large quantity of lemons the organisers have to look further than the citrus in the region, even turning to the region of.....

Greece: Higher orange prices, lemon production down
In the Greek market, oranges and lemons are currently in two polar opposite situations. According to sources within the sector consulted by Agrotypos, producer prices for oranges have increased, since there is a shortage of quality produce suitable for export after the damages caused by bad weather this.....

Citrus industry explores irradiation treatment to improve fruit quality and boost exports
Each year, Australia exports $200 million worth of citrus to more than 30 countries.Citrus Australia's citrus market access manager David Daniels said the industry needed to find ways to stay competitive, including considering alternative treatments like irradiation.He said it could overcome major issues in.....


Vilsack announces $30 Million to fight Citrus Disease
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $30 million in funding today for 22 projects to help citrus producers combat Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, a devastating citrus disease that threatens U.S. citrus production. The money will fund promising projects that could offer near-term.....


Mexico: Tamaulipas leads the lemon production
Once again, Tamaulipas ranks first in the national production of lemon. The state has over 4,700 hectares devoted to the production of lemons that are located mainly in the central part of the state; in the municipalities of Llera, Güémez, Padilla, Hidalgo and Victoria.The Director of Marketing of the.....


Spain increases citrus shipments to third countries
The CEO of Agricultural Productions and Markets, Fernando Miranda, and the CEO of the Agricultural Production Health, Valentin Almansa, met with the most representative organizations of the citrus industry to analyse the market situation and the evolution of the 2014-2015 campaign, given the concern there is.....


"Citrus Greening"
Spain: Presence of Trioza erytreae in Galicia confirmed
The Government of Galicia has confirmed the presence of the Trioza erytreae, a small African insect called psyllid, which causes the deterioration of citrus, and has been detected in part of the coastline of southern Galicia. The authorities have also explained the measures needed to combat it. Kiwis,.....

US (CA): Orange season at midpoint
Heading into the thickest part of the California's orange season, growers are picking larger-sized fruit. With a bump in larger fruit, prices for those sizes have fluctuated.“As an industry, we're about 40 percent through the orange season,” said Mike Roberts, sales manager for Suntreat. “We're into.....

US to allow citrus from CBS areas
EKM prepare for citrus export to US
Export of South African citrus to the US may be about to increase due to a change in export regulations on CBS areas. Eben Kruger from EKM Exports said nothing has been finalised, but the company's citrus farms in Los Kop Valley have been visited by the USDA."All we can say at the moment is that citrus from.....


Florida Citrus exported worldwide
While about 95 percent of Florida Oranges are destined to become 100% Florida Orange Juice, some Florida Oranges and several fresh Florida Citrus varieties are shipped across the country and around the world. Destinations for Florida Citrus include Canada, Europe, Japan and South Korea. About 40 percent of.....

ACP quarantine extended in Arizona
A small area in the Gila Bend area is the first portion of Maricopa County, Ariz. in the central part of the state now under quarantine due to the pesky, disease-carrying citrus insect – the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). More than 22,000 square miles in Arizona are now under quarantine for the ACP which.....

US: Florida supply of fly-free honey tangerine down 40 percent
The season for California Halos, Cuties, Satsumas and other tangerines is in full swing at the moment. “For supply of honey tangerines, we depend on Florida”, says JB Cutsinger from International Citrus and Produce. “Florida’s crop is way off this year with production of ‘fly-free’ fruit being 40 to 50.....

Syria: Third citrus shipment from Latakia to Russia
This week, the third citrus shipment departed from the port of Latakia bound to the Russian port of Novrcisc. The Vice President of the Syrian Russian Business Council, Dr Samer Othman, explained that all difficulties and pitfalls that emerged during the first and second shipments, are what can usually be.....