The harvesting of murcott tangor, which started at a slow pace in the second fortnight of June, is now stepping up in São Paulo State. According to Cepea collaborators, despite the good quality of the fruits, sales in July were below the expected, due to the colder weather in southeastern Brazil as well as the competition with ponkan tangerine – whose prices are usually lower.
However, the demand for murcott tangor increased in late July, surpassing that for other citrus varieties. Besides, most growers from SP have already ended the ponkan harvesting – there is only some volume available in the in natura market, from orchards from the state of Minas Gerais. This scenario, in turn, should boost the demand for murcotts even more.
Despite higher supply in São Paulo, the fast sales pace for murcott tangor favored prices last month. Between July 1 and 31, quotes averaged 34.88 BRL per 40.8-kilo box, on tree, 5.9% up compared to the average in June.
Some agents believe that the murcott harvesting should last until December, with the crop peak between October and November. The size of the fruits harvested so far is between small and medium, according to growers – due to the higher number of fruits on tree, which hampers growth.