The Council of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development of Valencia has published the results of the second citrus season in the region. The harvest of the 2018/19 campaign is estimated at over four million tons; a similar volume to that of the 1997/98 and 2006/07 campaigns.
The 4,059,382 tons of this second estimate entail an increase of 4.2% with respect to the first one published last September (3,894,543 tons).
Compared to the 2017/18 campaign, when the harvest stood at 3,168,382 tons, there has been an increase of 28.1%. However, if we compare the estimated production of the current campaign with that of two years ago, the increase has been of just 2.9%.
The study shows that both the orange and mandarin productions have increased, with mandarins recording an increase of 7.6%, while those of oranges and lemons are up by 2% and 0.4%, respectively.
At the same time, the grapefruit harvest is also expected to be 3.2% greater than initially expected.
Back in September 2018, the production of the 2018-2019 citrus season was already expected to increase significantly, due, among other factors, to the fact that the flowering had been abundant and the fruit setting had developed normally.
Torrential rains were recorded in the months of October and November of 2018, which caused considerable damage to the fruit and took a toll on the sizes of most varieties, so an important part of the harvest hasn't actually found a commercial outlet.