The Councilor of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Environment of the Spanish Region of Murcia, Antonio Luengo, said that, according to the lemon production forecasts in Spain for the 2020/2021 campaign, the Region will remain the national leader in the production of this fruit, with 63% of the total.
According to Luengo, about 560,000 tons of lemons were produced in the Region during the 2019/2020 campaign. The Fino variety accounts for 69.9% of the total acreage and 78.8% of the total lemon production. The Verna variety accounts for 29.7% of the total acreage and 20.9% of the total lemon production.
As for the destination of those exports, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Poland and Italy received most of the shipments in 2019. Worthy of note are the increases achieved in Poland, with 51.85%; Italy, with 46.4%, and the United Kingdom, with 24.5%.
The report also says that the acreage in the 2020/2021 campaign stands at about 26,000 hectares, according to data provided by the council. Of these, 24,000 are in full production and the rest are young plantations that have not yet started producing regularly.
Luengo also said that "this campaign, we have seen greater precocity in the early varieties, with adequate quality and commercial sizes (of Fino lemons) a few weeks in advance compared to last year."
"The Region already has 40,000 hectares devoted to the cultivation of citrus fruits, especially lemons, which account for 21.5% of the region's acreage. The sector gives employment to more than 29,000 people, including producers, growers, pickers and warehouse personnel," said the Councilor.
He also highlighted that "after the uncertainty generated by the irregular fruit setting of some varieties, due to an excessively humid spring that caused some fruit drop, especially of the Verna variety, everything points to the fact that although the yields won't be high, compared to the average, the entry into production of new lemon farms will offset this issue."