Greece: Reduced orange production boosts prices

Prices of Greek oranges suitable for export have increased in many parts of the country after the damages caused by bad weather. As stated by Mr. C. Polihronakis, Special Advisor to the Association of Greek Businesses, Exporters and Distributors of Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Incofruit - Hellas, "we indeed had some damage, but exports are still satisfactory and producer prices are higher than before the storm."

For his part, the President of the Citrus Agricultural Cooperative Sparta Orange, of Skala, Laconia, Mr Petros Bletas, told Agrotypos that "despite the snow, temperatures are not as low as on 7 January and prices have stabilised at around 20 cents per kilo."

Mr Giorgos Doris, agronomist from Argos, told Agrotypos that "in our region, frosts are expected. This year's weather has already caused important losses. The mandarin season is finished and orange prices continue their upward trend due to production shortages."

In Arta, according to the president of TDC Arta - Fillipiadas, Mr. Nikos Nkizas, "we luckily have no snow, but temperatures are low, close to 1 degree Celsius. The frosts registered in January left few oranges on the trees, so we no longer have oranges for export. Most are only for processing," he notes.


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