The end of the citrus campaign is around the corner in the Spanish Region of Valencia, with increasingly limited volumes and rising prices. In the Lonja of Valencia, only Barberina and Valencia-Late oranges are listed at prices ranging from 37 to 79 cents per kilo.
The price of Verna lemons has also remained stable this week, standing between 65 and 80 cents per kilo, according to the Council of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition of the Region of Valencia. This price doubles the one paid in the same week last year.
The Council of Agriculture has published the second report on the Region of Valencia's production volumes, which has confirmed their reduction, although the drop has not been as great as it was at the start.
The Region expects a citrus production of close to 2,973,740 tons. Of this, 39.3% corresponds to mandarins (about 1,168,390 tons), 51.3% to oranges (about 1,526,950 tons), 8.7% to lemons (about 258,900 tons) and 0.6% to grapefruits and others (about 19,500 tons).
The rains registered since August have facilitated the increase in the size and weight of mid-season and late varieties, which has resulted in the harvest reduction being 26.6% lower than in the previous year's balance, despite the fact that losses have occasionally been recorded due to heavy storms in September, winds and rains in December or the impact of storm Gloria in January 2020.
Losses due to these phenomena have been estimated at 150,700 tons, with oranges being the most affected crop (63.1%, with about 95,100 tons), followed by mandarins (23.6%, with 35,560 tons) and lemons (13.3 %, with about 20,030 tons).
By provinces, Valencia has been the most severely hit, having lost some 87,570 tons, followed by Alicante (43,590 tons) and Castellon (19,530 tons).
As for the commercial performance in April, the increase in the consumption and demand for citrus has entailed a recovery in the prices of late varieties, which have been increasing between the last week of March and the first week of April by between 19% and 85%.