The citrus season in Alicante started with 40% higher average prices than last season for many varieties, like mandarins. Jóvenes Agricultores Asaja Alicante considers the current citrus campaign in the province as favorable, but warns that the sector is waiting to see how it will develop, since positive vibes are perceived "in the framework of a bad and unstable economic context" caused by the second wave of the pandemic.
After a slowdown in the demand in October, the situation is once again becoming favorable for the sector, coinciding with the first lockdowns in Europe. Thus, since Friday, October 30, the market has begun to reactivate due to the rise in the demand for fruit with vitamin C, as already happened in the final stretch of the 2019-2020 campaign, when there was an increase in Valencian citrus exports.
"We are on the lookout because, despite the good start to the season and the subsequent slowdown, citrus orders are increasing every day, mainly from countries that are already enforcing lockdowns. Therefore, we trust that exports will continue to grow and follow the path of the previous season," said the president of Asaja Orihuela and citrus producer José Vicente Andreu.
Analyzing the situation by varieties, the case of the Oronules mandarins is particularly noteworthy. Their price in previous campaigns ranged between 0.45 and 0.50 € / kilo, and this campaign they cost between 0.60 and 0.70 € / kg; that is, 40% more. Meanwhile, Clemenules clementines started the week at 0.35-0.40 € / kilo, when in previous campaigns they cost around € 0.28-0.30 / kg, which entails a 33% rise.
As for oranges, the Navelinas, whose price at origin in previous campaigns was 0.22-0.24 € / kilo, costs around 0.28 this time, which represents an increase of 16%.
In the case of lemons, at the moment the Fino variety is traded for € 0.50-0.55 / kilo, when last year it cost 0.60-0.65 (the price has dropped by 15%).