The most recent reports from the Council of Agriculture of the Spanish Region of Valencia on citrus fruit prices in the province of Castellon confirm that they remain at positive levels. According to the data published, the most common variety in the province, the Clemenules, is marketed for between 24 and 34 cents, while just a year ago the same variety was sold for between 24 and 28 cents.
The Secretary General of the Unió de Llauradors, Carles Peris, said that the demand from consumers and distribution channels "is high, so the harvest kicked off earlier." Other factors, such as the impact of pests and the weather, will be determining. "For the time being, a little more rain will be needed so that the sizes demanded by stores can be reached," he says.
For his part, José Luis Remolar, of the San Alfonso de Betxí cooperative, says that "sizes are still small, but we are waiting to see how things develop in the coming weeks. At the moment, work is underway with 25-30% of the total volume," he says.
Meanwhile, the general director of Cocalni, Pascual Beltrán, believes that the circumstances observed since the start of the pandemic "will ensure that the production is sold with stable prices."
The Council of Agriculture of the Region of Valencia says that the production this campaign will be much higher than last year, growing by 37%, to 767,513 tons, compared to the 560,219 tons of the previous season.
When it comes to varieties, mandarins continue to dominate prominently, with a total of 640,767 tons, which is for more than 80% of the total production. Compared with last season, this product has seen the volume increase by 44.9%.
The difference is hardly perceived in the earliest varieties, since the increase in the production is of barely 6.3%. Categories as consolidated as the Clemenules, a mid-season one which accounts for the highest rate of activity in fields and warehouses, will see the production increase by up to 60.4%, according to estimates from Council technicians.
The late species don't play a very relevant role, with an estimate of only 51,033 tons. Still, this entails an increase of up to 67.1%.
Another factor pointed out by the study is the higher production of sweet oranges, with an increase of 9,015 tons compared to the previous season.