The Egyptian Eureka lemons are almost ready for harvest. One exporter states they’re simply waiting for the right color. The season is expected to come with huge quantities, but also uncertainties. As the coronavirus is spreading in various countries again, it could make the season difficult.
Mohamed Elkhtib, export manager for Egyptian fresh produce exporter Zamel, is looking forwards to the Egyptian Eureka lemon season. “We expect a good season for the Eureka lemons this year. We’re currently waiting for the natural color to appear, after which we will start with supply. There’s going to be a huge quantity of Egyptian Eurekas this year, so there’s a lot of work ahead of us.” He says.
Zamel is making sure the coloration of the lemons is just right. The search for this starts in the fields, where Elkhtib tells the farmers not to take any shortcuts when it comes to color: “Everyone’s quite positive on the quality of the lemons this season. We achieved the right quality by isolating the right fruits at the farm first, before bringing them to the packing house. We’ve also put emphasis on getting the good natural color right. Now coloration must never be achieved by using gas, as using this method will ensure that the lemons are of low quality after they’ve arrived at their destination.”
According to Elkhtib the demand is at a good level right now, but there are many uncertainties when it comes to the coronavirus. “Demand seems to be at a healthy level so far. This year we’re seeing higher demand from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Australia and Malaysia. The latter two will be our most important markets this season. However the season is also full of uncertainty. Although logistics are at a good level right now, we hear the coronavirus is making its comeback in a lot of countries. We hope this will not affect our season too much, but only time will tell!” he concludes.
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