The increase in the demand for citrus fruits during the month of April has resulted in a rebound in the prices of late varieties. These have increased by up to 85% between the last week of March and the first week of April.
According to the latest report on the citrus campaign from Valencia's Council of Agriculture, the “notable increase” in the demand for these fruits is directly linked to the preference for vitamin C sources during the coronavirus health crisis, and also to “the longer shelf life of oranges, mandarins and lemons compared to other types of fruit.”
The report also features the export figures for the first half of the campaign (from September 2019 to February 2020), which reveal a 12.8% increase in the turnover, despite the overall 6% drop in the shipments.
South African orange imports on the rise
The document also reveals that between September and February, South African imports into the European Union grew by 8% compared to the same period of the 2018/2019 financial year.
The Councilor of Agriculture, Mireia Mollá, argued for the "necessary commercial reciprocity" that allows competition on equal terms. She also appealed consumers to buy EU products, "rather than a product that doesn't meet the European standards in environmental or food safety standards."