The weekly report from the Prices and Markets Observatory of Andalusia devoted to citrus fruits corresponding to week 11 of 2020 (from March 9 to 15) highlights that, due to "consumer fears of a possible shortage in the supply, as well as the healthy properties of citrus in the face of the threat of COVID-19, the demand for citrus has increased in recent days."
However, "there has been an increase in the average citrus prices, and they are reported to have continued increasing in week 12 of the current campaign."
According to the report, the latest orange varieties have continued to be harvested this week, including the Navel Lanelate, Navel Navelate, Washington and Thompson Navel.
The harvest is also underway for mandarins and hybrids such as the Afourer, Nadarcott, Ortanique, Tango, Orri, etc., as well as for Fino and Verna lemons.
The average prices paid at origin have increased in recent days. At the same time, there has been a drop in the marketed volume of the earliest varieties and an increase in the volume of the later varieties with higher commercial value.
It also points out that "the increase in food demand sparked by the uncertainty created by COVID-19, as well as the reduction of the yield in the current season, both nationally and internationally, has also had an impact on prices."
The average price of oranges in the last four weeks of the 2019/20 campaign (€ 0.20 / kg) has reached a similar level to that recorded in the same period of the 2016/17 and 2017/18 campaigns, when it stood at an average of € 0.21 / kg.
In week 11, the average price at origin of oranges has increased by 20% compared to the previous week, reaching € 0.30 / kg.
In this same week, the average price at origin of mandarins and lemons has increased by 3% and 2%, respectively, reaching an average of € 0.68 / kg and € 0.43 / kg.
Sale of citrus in handling centers
According to the Observatory, "the average price of citrus sold at the handling centers has increased and there is evidence that this trend will continue at least until week 12."
To be more specific, orange prices have increased by 3% compared to the previous week, reaching an average of € 0.67 / kg.
Meanwhile, lemons have become 7% more expensive, reaching 0.80 € / kg. In the case of mandarins, the average prices have remained stable during week 11.