Spain: Quality of Cordoba's citrus will be higher this campaign

The agricultural organization Asaja Córdoba has reported that the recently started citrus campaign will be similar to the previous one in terms of prices, but with higher quality oranges.

According to the Price Monitoring Board of the Citrus Exchange, first class Navelina oranges cost between 0.19 and 0.22 €/kg, while the second class oscillate between 0.16 and 0.18 €/kg. These prices are based on the operations carried out in recent weeks. The campaign has kicked off late, so there have so far been few market operations.

An analysis and forecast of this year's harvest have been carried out in the framework of the first meeting of the Price Monitoring Board of the Citrus Exchange. The fruit's quality is expected to be higher than last year's, mostly thanks to the weather conditions in Cordoba; a province that has more than 11,000 hectares devoted to citrus cultivation.

The members of the Board, including both producers and traders, expect the citrus production of the 2018/2019 campaign to be similar or even slightly smaller than last year's, especially for some late varieties. This confirms the predictions made by Asaja Córdoba a few weeks ago, which contradicted those of the Government of Andalusia. This had announced a 17% growth, which "the entire citrus sector of the province quickly and unanimously denied."

As in previous years, the main objective for this citrus fruit exchange is to ensure the transparency of the sector's prices, helping producers know under what prices will it be fair to sell their oranges.


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