Good news for the citrus fruit campaign 2020/21. After a year marked by a drastic reduction in volumes, due to adverse climatic events, the forecast for the next season is more than positive.
In this regard, the agronomist Gianfranco Barletta provides us with an overview of the crops in the Ionian area. "The plants are full, the fruits are of good size and even the climate seems to be playing its part, with the arrival of cooler temperatures, and therefore, in perfect timing for the beginning of veraison on early varieties.
"For the next citrus fruit campaign, which will start in early October, we can expect an increase of at least 30% of available product compared to last year. The mild climate of the winter months has favored pollination, and therefore, the fructification of citrus groves. Obviously, we must consider those companies of Taranto that were affected by hail damage between the end of June and the beginning of July."
"I believe that there will be no problems about the quality of the fruits, the latter strongly influenced by the ideals and modern agronomic techniques. It is essential to combine correctly the pruning, the nutrition and the phytosanitary protection of the plants. The use of humic acids, algae or natural biostimulants allows us to reach a high quality production."
"After two entirely negative and radically different campaigns - concluded Barletta - the producers are optimistic. They are hoping that the ongoing health emergency may limit the entry of foreign goods, which is responsible for the strong depreciation of Italian citrus fruits."
Agronomist Gianfranco Barletta
Phone: (+39) 328 0591840