According to data from the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia, the average prices reached by Andalusian citrus fruits so far in the 2019/20 campaign remain at higher levels than those recorded in the previous campaign, when prices were especially low. Furthermore, the upward trend in the price of the latest fruit continues.
In the case of oranges, the market has stagnated, so the harvesting rate has also slowed down. The fruit's average prices have remained stable, with an average increase of 7.5% over the previous campaign.
In the field, early varieties of the Navel group, specifically the Navelina and Washington-Thomson Navel, as well as of the White group, such as the Salustiana, continue being harvested. However, the Observatory reports that “the reduction of the average yield per hectare continues to be noteworthy in the current campaign, if we compare it to the one obtained in previous seasons.”
Purchase and sale operations of oranges of the Navelate-Lanelate group continue, although handling has not yet begun.
The average price of oranges in the last four weeks under study, namely the last three weeks of 2019 and the first of 2020, has been 0.2 Euro per kilo.
Mid-season Clementines have continued to be harvested during the first week of the year. This includes the Hernandina variety and a group of hybrid mandarin varieties, such as the Clemenville or Nova.
In general, the average prices of these mandarins over the last two weeks (week 52 of 2019 and 1 of 2020) have remained stable, with an average value of 0.43 Euro per kilo. Prices vary greatly depending on the variety and the commercial value, which is based on the fruit's organoleptic and physical characteristics.
The average mandarin prices over the last four weeks of the 2019/20 campaign are significantly higher than in the previous campaign, with 0.44 Euro per kilo.
As for lemons, the average price at origin of the Fino variety has fallen in recent weeks. In week 1 of 2020, the average price at origin of Andalusian lemons has fallen by 5% compared to week 52 of 2019, accumulating an average decrease of 8.5% over the last three weeks.
Despite this drop, the average price recorded by Fino lemons in these four weeks amounts to 0.4 Euro per kilo. This entails an average increase of 21% compared to the average price recorded in the same period of the 2018/19 campaign (0.33 Euro per kilo) and an average increase of 25% compared to the average price in the same period of the three previous campaigns (0.32 Euro per kilo).