More than a month before the start of the citrus harvest in Castellon, the purchases currently being made point to a good season, with higher average prices than in the previous campaign.
According to data from the Council of Agriculture, in the first contracts for the Clemenules, the flagship of Castellon's citrus sector, the price has reached 36 cents per kilo, while a year earlier it didn't even reach 30.
The price range of other varieties for which contracts have already been signed is also encouraging. The Oronules oscillates between 48 and 65 cents; the Esbal, between 50 and 55; the Arrufatina costs between 36 and 50, and the Clemenrubí stands at around 48 cents. Sources within the sector say that commercial distributors want to make sure supermarkets have enough supply and have therefore advanced their transactions.
One of the aspects that will make a difference is the production, which will increase compared to last year, when there was a 40% drop. There is still no global data, but the president of Nulexport, Vicente Vicent, says that his company will have "an increase of close to 30%". Francisco García Nebot, of Cofru, said weeks ago that the figures of the 2020-2021 financial year "will be close to the average of the last decade, except for the last two years."
The drop in the fruit supply last season came as a reaction to the oversupply in the 2018-2019 campaign, which caused prices to collapse. This time, the increase in sales, both in Spain and in the European market, means that the rise in terms of volume won't have an impact on prices.
In any case, the first data have been received with caution, since the volume traded in August is a very small part of everything that will have to be distributed from October, when the sector's activity will be in full swing.