The yield of Turkish oranges, mandarin and lemons is expected to decrease in 2019/20, while the yield of grapefruits is estimated to be 8% higher than the last season as a result of the favourable weather conditions in Turkey.
While the export of grapefruits and mandarins increased in 2019/20, the export of lemons and oranges decreased as a result of export restrictions and a low yield. On April 7 2020 the export of Turkish lemons was limited to counter a price increase as a result of the large demand on the domestic market due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These limitations have now been lifted and the export of lemons up to 10,000 tonnes is possible.
The import of orange juice is estimated at 3,000 tonnes in 2019/20, which is more than in 2018/19, when it was only 452 tonnes.
The USDA published the Citrus Semi-annual on June 15 with more detailed information about the Turkish citrus sector. Click here for the document.