The sale of Castellon's entire Clemenules harvest during the Christmas campaign has led to the harvest of the late mandarin varieties being advanced so as to prevent a shortage in the European markets. The second stage of the season is thus taking place up to ten days earlier than usual. The decline in the production, which exceeded 40% in the case of Clemenules; and the reduction of the pressure from various competitors in Europe are the main reasons for this situation, following the terrible 2018/2019 campaign.
Given this situation, and in order to meet the demand, the harvest of certain late club mandarins has been advanced. It is the case of the Nadorcott or Tango, which are usually harvested in February, March or even April.
The situation is similar for other more conventional hybrids, such as the Hernandina, and also the Sando. In this case, the harvest does not usually begin before January 15, but this time it was launched in late December.
Both exporting firms and the agricultural organizations La Unió de Llauradors and Fepac-Asaja believe that the reduction in the production of competing third countries is one of the most decisive factors for the positive development of Castellon's citrus sales. In fact, this situation is expected to remain unchanged in the second stage, already underway, since Italy, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia or Greece, which sell varieties with overlapping campaigns, also have smaller productions. The prospects for the second stage of the campaign are therefore good, also for the producers, which will charge higher prices with a greater harvest.