The Region of Murcia ranks third in the list of main mandarin-growing regions in Spain, only behind the Region of Valencia and Andalusia. In the 2018-2019 campaign, which will come to an end in April, the final volume is expected to reach 133,911 tons, 8.2 percent more than last year.
A total of 5,700 hectares are devoted to this crop. Of these, 5,000 are considered fully productive and the remaining are young plantations, under three years old, which don't yet yield a significant amount of fruit.
Apparently, mandarins account for 14 percent of Murcia's citrus acreage, as reported by the head of the Council of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Miguel Angel del Amor, who explained that the main production areas are Campo de Cartagena, the Guadalentín Valley and the Vega del Segura.
Regarding the fruit's varieties, 60 percent are clementines and the rest late hybrid varieties. "In general, mandarins have registered an increase in their production of more than 20 percent over the last five years."
Del Amor recalled that 53,440 tons of this citrus fruit were shipped by the region in the previous campaign, both nationally and internationally. The market value of those shipments came close to 49 million Euro.