Mandarins from Meishan have just become available. Industry sources say that compared with previous years, this season was delayed by about a week. The main reason for the delay is that there are many types of fruit available on the market at the moment, and the sales are slow. In addition, the production this year is relatively low so farmers are not in a hurry to sell. The current purchase price is at around 3.6 yuan/kg, about 0.6 yuan/kg higher than last year.
With the availability of mandarins, the marketing season of citrus from Meishan has kicked off. However, for Meishan, a city famous for its late citrus, the real marketing season starts from December through May or June of the coming year.
It is estimated that in 2018, the total acreage dedicated to growing citrus in the Meishan City was 980,000 mu, of which the share of late citrus is 650,000 mu, accounting for about 66% of the total planted acreages. In recent years, with industry upgrading and government promotions, the purchase price of late citrus from Meishan has reached 8 yuan/kg.