The delay of the rainy season could reduce Yucatan's sweet orange, grapefruit, and mandarin harvest by more than 30% compared to 2018, obtaining a harvest of 200,000 tons of fruit, according to the Mayab Fruit Growers Association. Despite this, according to Luis Cetina Garcia, the president of the association, the harvest would be big enough to supply the local and national demand, and to produce the sweet orange juice, grapefruit, and mandarin concentrates that are exported to Europe and the United States.
Garcia said that Akíl's juicer will begin the purchase of sweet oranges and grapefruits in September. He also added that they would purchase mandarin, sour orange, and renew Persian lime purchases in October.
He said that they would end processing Persian lime concentrate in the first half of this September and start producing sweet orange and grapefruit concentrates. By then, citrus growers and the processor will reach an agreement for the purchase price per ton and the plant will process these fruits from September 2019 until February 2020.
Rainfall is expected to continue in September and October, so the production of citrus crops is expected to be good. However, a hurricane or tropical cyclone hitting the state would be devastating for citrus production.