This year, Croatian growers expect mandarin production to be between 30,000 and 32,000 tons. A representative of the mandarin producers in the Neretva Delta, Neven Mataga, predicted the buy-up price to be about HRK 4 per kilo (€0.52). An estimated 32,000 tons will mean a decline of 15% compared to the harvest last year, he added.
This year, mandarins are likely to be of uniform size, and the best-selling size will account for a considerable share in this year’s harvest, which is likely to start in late September. Wholesale traders and producers are already negotiating the range of prices for this year’s harvest.
Fruit with higher quality can be sold at the price of HRK 4 per kilo, while lower-quality fruits are likely to have a price of HRK 2.5 per kilo. Mataga also notes that some 15,000 tons of mandarins will be sold on the domestic market, and the rest on foreign markets.