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Turkish citrus production recovers

After a 2012 season with citrus production hampered by adverse weather, Turkish growers have improved their citrus output in 2013.

Frost, heavy rain and strong winds affected citrus production in Turkey during the spring of 2012, according to a report by the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. That came at a bad time for the country's growers, because the bad weather affected the crop's blooming period. That made for reduced production in 2012, but a 2013 free from similar conditions resulted in a rebound in citrus production.

While Turkish grapefruit production in 2012 dropped to 200,000 MT, better weather led to a 17 percent jump in production during 2013. Similarly, lemon production in 2013 reached 760,000 MT, which is 12 percent more than the previous season's production of 680,000 MT. Orange production, which was 1.6 MMT in 2012, improved by seven percent to 1.7 MMT in 2013.

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