The majority were oranges, mandarins and clementines

Citrus fruits account for 44% of the fresh produce withdrawn by Spanish supermarkets

According to data published by the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FEGA), fruit and vegetable producers' organizations (OPFH) withdrew 103.03 million kilos of horticultural products from the market between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019. 44% of that volume, that is, 45.65 million kilos, corresponded to citrus fruits. Vegetables, with 24.29 million kilos, accounted for another 24% of the volume withdrawn, and stone fruit, with 16.27 million kilos, represented 16% of the total.

Most of the citrus fruits withdrawn were oranges, clementines and mandarins, with 17.82 million kilos of oranges, 15.23 million kilos of clementines, 9.74 million kilos of mandarins and 1.94 million kilos of satsumas.

The citrus fruits withdrawn have been given to charities, which transform them into juices. In any case, despite the high figures cited above, the quotas established within the framework of this regulation have not been covered. Of the quota for oranges, set at 30,000 tons, 44% had been allocated up to May 8, and there were still 16,742 tons remaining. In the case of the quota for small citrus fruits, set at 20,000 tons, the volume has reached 66%, so there were still 6,887 tons left. Most of the withdrawals have been carried out by Andalusia and the Region of Valencia.


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