Peruvian exports of satsuma mandarins and clementines has fallen by 5.5% this season (March-May) when compared to the same period of the previous season, according to a report published by the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (Procitrus), an association that concentrates 85% of exporters and 12% of citrus growing areas nationwide. However, this decrease is due to the annual alternation in the production of these citrus fruits.
Shipments of the late varieties (tangelo and W. Murcott mandarin) will increase by 9% and 10% in this campaign, respectively, said the general manager of Procitrus, Sergio del Castillo.
The late varieties account for 58% of all citrus exports, while the early varieties account for 25% of the shipments. The rest is accounted for by oranges, grapefruit, and lemons (17%).
Total citrus exports
Last year, until the beginning of June, the country had exported around 45,000 tons of citrus fruits in general, and this year shipments in the same period only amount to 43,000 tons. However, the union expected citrus exports will increase by 8%, i.e. some 216 million euro.
Procitrus estimates that 50% of this year's citrus production volume will be destined for export, which will represent an increase compared to last year (48%). The other 50% will be destined for the domestic market because it is not suitable for export on an aesthetic level.