The campaign of the Tardivo di Ciaculli tangerine has started. The initial harvest phase shows a good coloring of the fruits and an excellent sugar level, with consequent consumer satisfaction. However, volumes reduced by at least 40% are expected. These conditions and the early end of the collection of clementines are triggering violent upward fluctuations in the prices of the Tardivo di Ciaculli which, to date, peaks at above 0.75 euro/kg.
"The reduction in volumes could translate into an early season finale, given that weather conditions have affected the maturation of the product - says Giovanni D'Agati (pictured below), president of the "Il Tardivo di Ciaculli" Consortium - Climate changes lead, as a matter of fact, to a lack of productivity".
"Today in the fruit and vegetable sector, at all levels of the supply chain, it is necessary to understand the rhythm of nature. It is not possible to follow rhythms that are not natural. In the field we have no machines from which to divide the product into yield, size, color and sugar level. Maybe not everyone knows it, but seventy years ago the season of the Tardivo di Ciaculli tangerine started in March. Instead nowadays it ends in March".
"We believe that price must be tied to quality and not that quality should be subordinated to price, as unfortunately often happens. We need to have respect for both the consumer and the producer and to improve our products, today more than ever".
At Fruit Logistica in the Hall 4.2/Stand C-15, the "Il Tardivo di Ciaculli" Consortium will bring this message and it will do it not only with its flagship product, but also with the rest of the available citrus production, in both conventional and organic versions.
Giovanni D'Agati - general manager
Consorzio "Il Tardivo di Ciaculli"
Cell.: +30 339 2614123