The citrus campaign in Andalusia will be marked by a lower production; however, this factor, together with the decline in the harvest in Greece and Morocco, suggests that there won't be a repeat of the price crisis that severely hit the sector in the previous campaign.
In general, the 2019/20 citrus campaign is starting with optimal average prices for premium fruit. However, the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Andalusian Council of Agriculture warns that a number of factors should be taken into account, namely the losses in the production, the size of the fruits and the share of them failing to meet the optimal marketing characteristics, or the delay in the start of the campaign for the earliest varieties, which could cause some overlap with the following varieties.
The average prices reached by citrus fruits as of the date of the report (week 44 of 2019) are higher than those recorded in the same week of 2018, with the exception of lemons, although their average value is on the rise. The price of Andalusian Fino lemons reaches 0.51 Euro per kilo, compared with the 0.55 of the same week in 2018.
Early mandarins of the Satsuma group and the Iwasaki variety reach an average price at origin of 0.29 Euro per kilo, similar to that recorded in the same week of the 2018/19 campaign. The Clemenules mandarin is sold for an average price of 0.345 Euro per kilo, compared with 0.26 Euro per kilo registered in the same period of the previous campaign. Other mandarins, such as the Orogros, reach an average price of 0.55 Euro per kilo. Meanwhile, the Navel group oranges and, more specifically, the Navelinas, are sold for an average 0.20 Euro per kilo, similar to the price reached in 2018, when the average price stood at 0.19 Euro per kilo.