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Moroccan citrus competes with Spain and Southern Hemisphere
Thanks to its favourable location, Morocco is both a competitor for the Spanish citrus and the citrus from the Southern Hemisphere. To take advantage of this long season, you have to import from the right regions. Jan van der Voort of Anaco Greeve talks about the unique position of the North African.....


5% of production for export has not been shipped
Spain: Rainfall takes a toll on Murcia lemon campaign
The rains of the last few days in the Region of Murcia have prevented its lemon producers, mainly those of Campo de Cartagena and the Vega Baja, to cover one hundred percent of the orders from foreign clients for the Christmas campaign.The general director of the Lemon and Grapefruit Interprofessional.....


More Turkish citrus, but difficult market
Turkish cultivators harvested good volumes the past two seasons. Last season (2015/16), the harvest amounted to 3.9 million tonnes, which is three per cent higher than the season before that. A good volume is also expected for 2016/17, according to a recent report from USDA.Due to favourable weather.....

New gauge tests orange's flavor before peeling
Oranges are a popular addition to the stocking come Christmas time. Surprisingly though, nearly 43% of all oranges used for the tradition end up in the trash according to Sainsbury's. Latest estimates show that UK households throw away seven million tonnes of food a year. To combat this, Sainsbury's 'Waste.....

Fresno citrus farmers struggle to protect crops from the freeze
This weekend things got a bit chilly in the Valley, scaring local growers and sending them rushing to protect their crops from the cold. With temperatures regularly dropping below zero, this time of year farmers are used to losing a bit of sleep. Farmers used every trick up their sleeves to stave off the.....

Mexico: Tamaulipas exported more than 23,000 tons of lemon
According to calculations made a few days before the end of the lemon export season, Tamaulipas will have exported more than 23,000 tons of this product abroad, and achieved market prices above 7,000 pesos, thanks to the quality of the product, which so far it has not been rejected by the agricultural.....


Uncertain market for the Sicilian citrus fruit sector
OP Agrisicilia focuses on the citrus fruit sector, although there are a few elements that are blocking its growth, such as the CTV-Citrus Tristeza Virus, the abandoning of groves, fragmentation and competition with other countries that is driving prices down. AgronomistSalvatore Battiato, technical manager.....

Mandarins hitting Chinese store shelves early
Some shoppers were surprised to see mandarins already on store shelves in China. The fruit is part of a tradition for the Chinese New Year and is usually on store shelves mid January but now they are gracing store shelves before Christmas. A representative at one supermarket known only as Tak gave an.....

USDA approves import of Argentine lemons, farmers angry
The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Service (APHIS) has announced that it has come to a decision and will allow imports of lemons from Northwest Argentina. While consumers may benefit from the import with a lower predicted price for lemons, California growers are worried. One such citrus farmer, Richard.....

Australian citrus exports reach $315m
Australian citrus exports continue to hit record numbers year over year, and one of the big reasons is China. Exports this year have hit a record level of $315m with the first 10 month production coming in at just under 210,000 tons of fruit. That number is expected to increase by 20,000 tons within the next.....


Marcel van der Welle, Van Ooijen Citrus:
“Completely opposite situation for Turkish lemons compared to last year”
The market for Turkish lemons is the complete opposite of last year. “Last year we did a great many Turkish lemons, and this year we barely had a few containers,” says Marcel van der Welle from Van Ooijen Citrus. “The market was empty then, and relatively little Spanish product was available. The end of the.....


Michel Jansen, Total Produce:
“I do not rule out price doubling for oranges”
Oranges will become scarce in summer, fruit importers warn, now that the European Parliament has voted in favour of stricter rules regarding the import of oranges from South Africa this week. As far as Brussels is concerned, the oranges will have to be in quarantine for 24 days at a temperature of -0.5.....


November 2016
Prices and margins in the marketing of Mexican limes
During the month of November (2016), the monitoring of the prices of Mexican limes from Colima, namely in three selected cities (Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City), revealed the following figures:Prices Paid to the Producer ($/kg)The price paid to producers in the country during November was highest in.....

Malta increasing in popularity in Bangladesh
Malta farming is gaining popularity in Gaibandha, Rajshahi in Bangladesh. The Malta growers of Sadullapur Upazila in the district have already completed harvest of the citrus fruit this season. This all comes from a successful plan to increase Malta cultivation in the region.A pragmatic plan was taken to.....

Malaga loses up to 70% of the Clemenules
Spain: Citrus sector suffers severe losses due to rainfall
La Unió de Llauradors has estimated the losses in this year's citrus campaign in the province of Castellon at more than 75 million Euro. The main causes are the reduction of mandarin prices and the humidity due to the latest rains.The general secretary of La Unió de Llauradors, Ramón Mampel, explained that.....


A new selection line
China: Nongfu factory 17.5° holds news conference
A week ago, the Gan navel oranges started their new season and the Nongfu Mountain Spring Xingfeng 17.5° orange factory convention was held. Without doubt, the Nongfu Mountain Spring soars at a solitary altitude and now this company with some of the most advanced technology in the world has teamed up with.....


Grapefruit going strong – even for the millennial generation
Grapefruit is rounding first base for the busiest time of the year. Things begin to pick up the Friday after Thanksgiving, says Trent Bishop, Sales Manager of Lone Star Citrus. Although the season is much longer, this is the fruit’s limelight. “As we speak we’re filling orders to get everything in the store.....


Organic Ribera oranges at Azienda Agricola Chetta
SimoneandGiuseppe Chetta are the owners ofAzienda Agricola Chetta(certified by ICEA Associazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica), the family business they inherited from their father, which is part of Consorzio di Tutela Riberella. It has been producing the renowned "Washington Navel" Ribera organic oranges.....

Spain: Earlier citrus harvest in Castellon due to fear of rainfall
The citrus harvest in the Spanish province of Castellon has been carried out at a quicker pace recently, given the possibility of more rainfall this weekend, which "could cause a lot of damage," as confirmed by sources from the agricultural organizations.In fact, the long rainy period of the past few days.....


Australian orange production to rise by 470,000T
Orange overviewAustralian production of fresh oranges in 2016/17 is forecast by Post to increase to 470,000 metric tons, due to good seasonal conditions and improved access to water irrigation. Australia is a counter cyclical exporter of oranges to northern hemisphere markets while the United States exports.....

EP resolution endorses stricter measures and controls for non-EU citrus
"In practice, a cold treatment measure entails a ban on citrus imports"
The European Parliament yesterday approved the resolution calling for stricter control measures for citrus imports from outside the EU. This is aimed at protecting European producers and preventing the spread of diseases and pests such as African codling moth and Citrus Black Spot (CBS). 463 parliamentarians.....

Australian farmers turning to Pacific Island labor
Australian farmers in the Northern territory have seen a 33% rise this year in the employment of workers using the Seasonal Worker Program. About 398 workers from 10 countries have been employed to pick fruit across 12 different farms in the territory. The increase in workers from the Pacific Islands were.....

European producers request more protection against Black Spot
COPA-COGECA has welcomed the motion presented and currently in the process of voting and approval in Strasbourg, urging the authorities to monitor and enforce stricter measures to prevent the spread of Black Spot, also known as Phyllosticta, due to its presence in citrus fruits exported to member states or.....

Exports are expected to amount to 23,000 tons
Mexico: Limes meet quality expectations in the US
A few days before the end of the Italian lime export cycle, estimates are that exports of this fruit will surpass the 23,000 tons and that market prices will remain above 7,000 pesos, thanks to the good quality of this product.According to the plant health authorities of the Secretariat of Agriculture,.....

Lemons lifting poverty in Bangladesh
Lemon cultivation is keeping farms in business in Narsingdi. It is driving up living conditions and increasing exports. The people treasure the fruit for increasing their standing and treat it as a treasure.“Lemons have brought good luck,” says orchardist Babul Chowdhury, who began growing lemons on a small.....


Savagri looking to place its blood oranges on the German and Scandinavian markets
"There is 50% less produce than last year and prices are increasing due to lower yields and better quality. We started harvesting the Tarocco variety one week ago," explains Antonino, Ettore and Fabio Sava fromSavagri.All the produce cultivated by the company is organic, as per the certifications (click.....


Frans van der Burg, Total Produce BV:
“High price not an obstacle for smooth sales of Florida grapefruit”
The sales of Florida grapefruit are currently doing very well. “We currently sell Star Ruby and Ruby Red. Prices are a bit high, but that is not an obstacle for smooth sales,” says Frans van der Burg from Total Produce BV. “Volumes are much lower than last year. At the start of the season, hurricane Matthew.....

Floods in Thailand harming pomelo plantations
Unrelenting rain for the past 10 days, is causing severe flooding in southern Thailand. This flood is reported to be devastating to pomelo plantations in Nakhon Si Thammarat, where farmers are reporting that many of their trees are dying. The effects could be disastrous as citrus fruit earns the country as.....


Vicente Bordils, president of the CGC: "Se ha impuesto la cordura"
Citrus strikes called off after salary increase agreed
In the early morning of Tuesday, 13 December, after an agreement was reached between the unions and the employers, the strike that the citrus sector had called for the period between 15 and 21 December has been called off. The agreement includes a 1.8% salary increase this year, as of 1 December, according.....

Spain: Citrus purchases by ghost companies under investigation
LA UNIÓ de Llauradors has already asked the Guardia Civil (through the Government Delegation in the Region of Valencia) to investigate the possible existence of ghost companies, devoted to the purchase of citrus for the processing industry, to find out whether they are breaking the law.According to LA UNIÓ,.....


System to detect CBS in citrus groves
TheCitrus Black Spot(CBS), caused by fungusGuignardia citricarpa, was detected in Florida, near Immokalee, in the spring of 2010. It is a disease that affects both quality and yield, so much so that it is considered the most destructive citrus fruit fungus in the world.The symptoms are the black spots and.....

Mandarins showing promise in Bangladesh village
With trees hanging low with ripe fruit for the picking, things are looking up for mandarin orchards in the Bangladesh village of Para. The crop is proving its potential in the region and is providing a new way for local growers to make a steady income. Daane Sabekkhong Namakarbari owns one such farm in Para.....

Mexico: Persian limes could reach China by early 2017
According to Leonardo Olivares Ahumada, chairman of the Producers and Exporters of Persian Limes (COPELP), Mexico could start exporting Persian limes to the Chinese market next year. Negotiations between the two countries are on track and Mexico's Federal Government is set on achieving them. Olivares.....

Spain: Andalusian orange exports down 15%
Andalusian orange exports have fallen by 15 percent in volume, despite the fact that their value has remained stable, mainly as a result of the 18 percent rise of the unit value in the European market, according to the report of the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Andalusian Council of Agriculture,.....

New EC import regulations not feasible
Another blow for South African citrus?
The European Commission is set to propose new measures to regulate Citrus Black Spot and False Codling Moth. This would extend the current measures on CBS and introduce a regulation for the first time on FCM. South Africa, while not the only country to be affected by these possible new regulations, would be.....

Florida orange crops holding steady
According to a USDA report on Florida orange production, the crops are holding steady. The forecast for the 2016-2017 period shows numbers at 72 million boxes but it does show a decrease in overall grapefruit production, which is down 3 percent from the previous year. “In the past couple of seasons.....

China: Favourable citrus market
The Chongqing Agriculture Information Centre's latest data monitoring shows that in week 47, the average retail price for fruit in Chongqing was 7.4 RMB per kg. that is a drop of 0.35% compared to the week before, but the citrus fruits are shining bright.Among the citrus fruits, the average retail price for.....

Several ways Pakistan could increase Kinnow production
Pakistan has been increasing its kinnow production year on year, but researchers think the country can do better. They believe that using simple methods can increase production dramatically and reduce losses on crops. Currently the country is exporting about 10 percent of total kinnow production, which could.....


Foreign demand grows
China: Honey pomelos come to an end
"This year's honey pomelo export season is already nearing its end. Overall, 25% less honey pomelos were produced in the main production region of Pinghe county. This is mainly the result of two reasons. First of all, the weather wasn't optimal in the production region. Secondly, the production was unusually.....


José Manuel Álvarez, Calvera Inc. and Cítricos Cadillo:
"The biggest problem is the saturation of the lime market"
One of the largest markets for Persian limes in Mexico is the United States, where there is a large Hispanic population, but the excess supply of a mix of limes of good and poor quality can have a negative effect on producers, exporters and importers."According to official statistics, the acreage devoted to.....

South African citrus exports to EU increased 5%
The 2016 South African citrus season has come and gone. The 2016 crop was down 8%, largely due to drought. The export to Europe increased by 5.1% in a total of an 8% lower crop. YearTotal SA export EU/UK volume% crop2014 112.0 m cartons 40.1 m cartons 36%2015 118.3 m cartons 43.4 m cartons 36,7%2016 109.2 m.....


René and Peter Bouman, FMI:
“We see plenty of opportunities as niche players”
Limes, lemons & more. That is how the brothers Bouman, René and Peter, describe FMI’s core activities, short and to the point. “After some internal changes, we continued with new energy and with a small team at the beginning of the year. We do not have ambitions to be large, but we want to be the best at.....

Nepal: Cold storage could help eastern farmers
Rs 600 million in oranges are traded in the agriculture market of Dharan each year. According to Laxman Bhattarai, manager of the market, most of the profit is going to India. Since farmers do not have adequate access to cold storage in the area the country goes months without producing any oranges. With.....


Weird year for Sicilian citrus fruit
"Citrus fruit production this year is quite low, especially for oranges. Producers not only had to deal with theCTV-Citrus Tristeza Virus, but also with a whole lot of other factors - mild temperatures during the past winters, lower blossoming, wider yield alternance. In addition, it rained a lot in.....


Minneola volume smaller
Best Israeli grapefruit season in years
Because of the smaller volume of grapefruit, the season will be shorter. “It is too early to say anything, but I feel positive about the grapefruit season after a number of difficult years,” says Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe. The early grapefruit are mainly for the European markets, although they are.....


Citrus on demand or fresh from the trees?
The coming season is looking good for citrus from Spain, according to Willem Dijk, Sr. In addition to his expectations for the approaching Spanish season, he also talks about the labels the company supplies: Elefant and Filosofo. He has had a long relationship with both labels, but the procedures of the.....

Nicaragua: Orange profits up 35.1%
According to the Center for Export Procedures (CETREX), up until November 30, the country had sold 51.7 million kilograms of oranges, i.e. 54.4% more than in the same period of 2015.In that period, fresh oranges exports amounted to US $7.2 million, 35.1% more than in the same period last year, according to.....

Argentina: Lemon from Tucuman meets requirements to enter the US
After having visited the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, Governor Juan Manzur said this morning at a press conference, that the US agency would be publishing a resolution permitting the entry of lemons from Tucuman into the North American market."At a meeting with representatives of the USDA, we.....


Fewer chemicals used in cultivation of oranges
Edeka supports nature
Edeka supplied selected supermarkets with environmentally friendly grown oranges, exactly in time for the start of the new citrus season. And an extra special feature is that the pollution by crop protection products per hectare was reduced by two thirds compared to the previous year. Certain crop protection.....

Tunisia: Citrus production to double this year
Tunisia's citrus production this year is expected to nearly double, compared to what was achieved last season, raising the concerns of producers, who fear that prices will fall due to the greater supply.According to the Regional Commissary for Agriculture in Nabeul (north east), the citrus production in the.....

Turkish citrus exporters looking to gain market share in Romania
Representatives of citrus exporters in Romania and of the leading retail chains in the country met in late November at the Athenee Palace Hilton with members of the Turkish Citrus Promotion Group, who have showed a strong interest in gaining market share in Romania.The meeting was facilitated by Ali Kavak,.....


Versatility has made mandarins a staple in households
Mandarin varieties are doing well as a crop and in popularity, the Satsuma is especially popular for grocery store customers. “Mandarins have really taken off this past year,” said Monique Bienvenue with Bee Sweet Citrus. “They’ve become a new household favorite because of their great attributes and health.....

Morocco expects record citrus production this season
According to the Moroccan Minister of Agriculture, citrus production volume in Morocco for the 2016-2017 season should increase by 16% compared to last season, reaching 2.36 million tons.This increase is thanks to a lot of autumn rain which allowed producers to increase their production acreage. The.....

New scholarship for citrus leaders
A supplier of machinery, packaging and labelling solutions to the Australian fresh produce industry, J-Tech Systems, is supporting the citrus industry through sponsorship of a new emerging leaders scholarship.J-Tech Systems will work with Citrus Australia to provide one future leader with the opportunity of.....


Smaller sizes for California organic oranges
“We are one of the pioneers in the organic citrus category,” says Steve Taft with Eco Farms in California. “We started with organics in 1974 and have had a stable orange acreage since then.” However, varieties have changed over time as some have become more popular at the cost of others. Despite a fairly.....


Bart Peek, BB Fruit:
“Nuancing important for seasonal expectations”
Ben van der Bom and Bart Peek, founders, owners and sole employees of BB Fruit, prefer spending their time in cooling cells. Not because they find the temperature pleasant, but because they feel that it is where salesmen belong: among the products. “You need to smell, feel and taste products before selling.....

Uruguay: Citrus demand increases by 14%
In 2016 Citrus exports increased by 14% in volume and 13% in dollars when compared to the previous harvest, the director of agricultural services of the Ministry of livestock, agriculture and fisheries (MGAP) and advisor for citrus cultivation of the MGAP, Federico Montes, stated.This year, Uruguay exported.....

NZ: First Fresh solving oversupply problem by exporting to China
First Fresh was founded in 1989 by Bill Thorpe and since then has become one of the leading citrus marketers in New Zealand. Here he discusses their place in the industry and where they look to go in the future. “This year our export volume is just under 50 percent of our total business and we are forging.....


The Fengjie Navel Orange Production Association
China: Online sales help Fengjie navel oranges
"The production season of navel oranges starts in the period of November and December every year and ends around April. In comparison to the last years, the navel orange production volume of the self-owned enterprise has visibly increased. This is mainly the result of a bustling activity on the online sales.....

Seasonal Kinnow exports to Indonesia doubled
Indonesia has doubled the season of imports from Pakistan for Kinnow. Originally only imported in February now Pakistan can look forward to exporting from January to April. Owing to the success of the economic diplomacy of the government, the popular demand of the Kinnow exporters has been met by enhancing.....


Wilko van der Zwaard, WilkoFruit:
Good start for Berkane-Clementines
Wilkofruit has packaged the first real Gaudias Berkane clementines during the past week, and today the first three trucks will arrive. “We do not leave anything to doubt, so we have a partnership with someone on the spot in Berkane. We have the right fields at our disposal, with large calibres, a high sugar.....


Heirloom navels revitalize the orange category
“Citrus has always been a strong part of retailers’ produce portfolio. But changing consumer demands have caused both growers and retailers to rethink their citrus offerings. “Since mandarins were introduced in the US, this segment has seen tremendous growth driven by the sweet, seedless and easy-to-peel.....

New citrus greening solution could save industry $40 billion
A collaboration between AUM LifeTech and the United States Department of Agriculture has developed a non GMO approach to protect crops from bacteria, insects, and other pathogens. This was mainly focused on citrus trees and fruits and could help save the industry $40 billion dollars in losses which occur.....

Robotics in spotlight as high-tech Citrus Forum returns to Mildura
The adoption of new technology is essential for the growth of the local citrus industry and Australian packers and growers will be exposed to the latest technical innovations at the Citrus Technical 2017 Forum and Field Day next March.Mildura will once again become the technical hub for the Australian citrus.....

Pakistan: Kinnow exports to reach $200 million
The exportation of kinnow will begin from Dec 1, despite an expected decrease of 15 percent in production this season. Foreign sales of the fruit will likely fetch $200 million with a current target set at 350,000 tons. Waheed Ahmed, patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers.....


Trend for smaller sized bags
Small grapefruit sizes mean strong prices for growers
Citrus greening disease and a lack of rain means smaller grapefruit sizes for this coming season. “The crop is down this year so overall supplies are a bit lighter. But the main thing we’re dealing with right now is size,” says Dave Haller of Greene River Citrus in Vero Beach, Fl. “We haven’t had any rain in.....


Lebanese citrus growers hit by frost
Lebanese citrus growers in the Akkar District are asking the authorities in the State to assess the damage caused by the cold wave that hit the region, which will cause significant losses. Producers have also asked for a halt to the introduction of Syrian agricultural products to Lebanon and for the granting.....


New connection between Valencia and Cologne
Rail transport of fresh produce reduces CO2 emissions by 70%
Each week the Colruyt Group ships several containers of citrus fruit by Cool Rail, a new rail link for fresh produce between Valencia and the Port of Cologne. Upon arrival, trucks transport the containers to the distribution centre in Halle and return the empty crates to Cologne. The Cool Rail link is a.....

2.36 million tonnes
Morocco expects record citrus harvest
In the 2016-17 campaign, Morocco expects to harvest 2.36 million tonnes of citrus fruits, which would be a record figure, as announced by the Ministry of Agriculture in a statement.Such a harvest volume for one of Morocco's most exported products would represent a 16% increase compared to the figures.....

Rainfall to spoil around 100,000 tonnes of clementines in Castellon
The abundant rainfall recorded in the province of Castellon, which has brought the orange harvest to a halt for almost a week, will result in around 100,000 tonnes of clementines, mostly Clemenules, being spoiled. Although it is still soon to make this assessment, as the real impact will be assessed a few.....


Colleroni
People tend to contact the experts when produce is lacking
The citrus fruit season has just started atColleroni, in Sicily. According to company managers, early Navelina oranges ripened early, so harvesting could start in early November."Volumes will be lower, but grades will definitely be bigger," reports procurement manager, Paolo Raudino. While it is true that.....