The demand for organic products by Spanish consumers is being backed by the confidence of the producing sector and the supply of supermarkets and restaurants. As far as fruits are concerned, the citrus sector has experienced a significant increase in the acreage devoted to organic production. In fact, according to data published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the area nationwide grew by 15.97% in 2018, from 12,087 to 14,017 hectares.
Andalusia, with 58% of the total, is the autonomous region with the greatest share of the country's organic citrus production, followed far behind by the Region of Valencia, with 21.6%, and Murcia, with 17.71%. Oranges are the main crop in this emerging sector, with more than 6,000 hectares (6,024) of organic production; 42.98% of the total, followed closely by lemons and limes, which have grown by 33% compared to 2017, reaching 5,442 hectares. At a lower level we find mandarins and clementines, with 2,204 hectares (15.72% of the total).
In Andalusia, the production of oranges accounts for more than half of the area devoted to organic citrus, specifically 56.25%, with 4,592 hectares. Also worthy of note is that in 2018, the acreage devoted to organic lemons and limes in Andalusia expanded at a higher pace than the Spanish average. There was a 42.81% increase, bringing the total to 2,265 hectares. Meanwhile, the acreage devoted to organic mandarins and clementines, although only slightly, fell by almost 1% in 2018 compared to 2017, so it remained at 1,099 hectares.
According to data by provinces from the Ministry, Malaga, with 2,206 hectares, accounts for 27.02% of the total citrus area registered as organic at the Andalusian level, and for 15.74% at the national level. It is striking that in 2018, the provinces of Seville and Huelva have grown less than half as much as Malaga and Almeria.