The agrarian organization Asaja Cordoba reported that the province's citrus campaign had started. According to forecasts, the volume of the early varieties will be similar to the one achieved in the previous campaign, and the late varieties will produce nearly 10% less than last year in a framework in which national orange production is expected to decrease by 1%.
The price monitoring table of the citrus market has started today trading Navelina orange in a range of € 0.24 and € 0.27 / kg for the first quality. The prices were based on operations carried out in recent weeks.
The higher prices correspond to higher calibers, and there were some higher operations for extra calibers. The Salustiana variety has not been listed yet, as it's still not being harvested, although operations are being closed to collect it later.
Following the recommendations of the Junta de Andalucía and of the citrus sector, the citrus market didn't start its activity earlier to avoid encouraging the harvesting of green oranges.
The sector expects the fruit's quality will be good this campaign and average price levels will remain as they were last year, especially with the entry into force of the new Food Chain Law, which states prices can't be lower than the farmers' production costs.
This year, Asaja Córdoba will once again collaborate with the Chamber of Commerce in the citrus market's price monitoring table, which started on October 14 via a virtual session due to the COVID pandemic. The citrus table, which brings together representatives of the production and marketing sectors of the different citrus-producing municipalities of the province, will meet on a weekly basis.
The objective of this citrus market is to provide transparency to the sector's prices and to give farmers reliable information about the prices they can sell their oranges for, taking into account the fruit's variety, size, and quality.
For more information: www.asajacordoba.es