The Council of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Environment of Murcia expects a return to the usual production figures this citrus campaign. The prospect for the 2019-2020 campaign is to reach 869,374 tons of citrus fruits, which is less than the record 988,000 tons achieved in the previous season.
However, the forecast for the current campaign entails a 14.2% increase over the average of the past 10 years. The water deficit affecting the Region prevents yields from being higher, although good management on the part of producers minimizes this limiting factor.
Lemons are the most important species, accounting for 69.1% of the Region's total citrus area. The first estimates of the lemon harvest in the 2019/2020 campaign point to a production totaling 600,895 tons, which represents a 10.7% drop compared to the previous one.
In the 2018/2019 campaign, the final lemon production stood at 672,757 tons, 534,867 of which corresponded to the Fino variety, 136,394 tons to the Verna, and 1,496 tons to other varieties, such as the Eureka. Worthy of note was the rise of Verna lemons compared to the previous year.
Meanwhile, oranges account for 14.6% of the total citrus area in the Region. The first estimates for the current campaign point to a production totaling 131,235 tons, which represents a 13% drop compared to the previous year, when the production reached 150,875 tons.
Mandarins account for 13.4% of the total citrus area in the Region. The fruit's production in the 2019/2020 campaign is estimated at 116,879 tons, which is 12.9% less than in the previous one, when the production amounted to 134,250 tons.
Lastly, the grapefruit production takes 2.7% of the total citrus area in the Region. The first estimates of the grapefruit harvest for this campaign foresee a final production of 23,616 tons.
The main grapefruit varieties grown in the Region of Murcia are the Star Ruby and Rio Red (red grapefruit), which have not had a good setting due to issues with the flowering, which, in turn, will bring the average yields down.
Source: Europa Press / 20minutos.es