At the beginning of the current year, citrus prices in Algeria did not meet the expectations of their producers, especially in the case of oranges. Some complain of heavy losses because they are forced to sell in wholesale markets for prices below the production costs, forcing many to rely on government aid. The abundance of orange and mandarin crops has become a cause for concern among their producers.
The prices received by producers have ranged from 50 to 80 dinars ($ 0.70) per kilo in the case of clementines, and between 90 and 100 dinars ($ 0.88) in the case of oranges.
Wholesale traders are hesitant to buy citrus, because there is a great supply in the markets, and the volumes that hit the shelves at the beginning of the season have not yet run out.
This situation has forced growers and traders to destroy tons of oranges and mandarins in order to reduce the supply and raise prices.
The total volume during the 2018 agricultural season amounted to about 14 million quintals, which represents 5% of the total agricultural production. Of this, more than 11 million quintals correspond to oranges, 2.5 million quintals to mandarins and more than 800 thousand quintals to lemons. Not a lot of this fruit has been exported, as the local market absorbs 70 percent of the production.