The lack of rainfall during the first part of the citrus campaign in Castellón has taken its toll on the size of part of the production, making it less commercially attractive in some markets and reducing its price. The most widely cultivated specialty in the province, the Clemenules, reached maximum prices of 34 cents per kilo a month ago, which have in recent weeks fallen to 31. The Navelina also dealt with difficulties for the same reason.
However, the prospects for next month are more positive. The heavy rains of recent days in the province, with between 60 and 100 liters per square meter recorded in various locations of the Plana Baixa, will prevent the water deficit and allow the fruit's sizes to increase. Unlike in other parts of the autonomous region, the rains did not cause havoc, and the work of pickers wasn't that affected either, since part of the days needed to dry the fields coincided with the weekend.
Prospects of larger production
The sale of citrus fruits from Castellón abroad continues at a good pace, as the COVID effect is still boosting the demand from consumers. As pointed out by the secretary general of the Unió de Llauradors, Carles Peris, the main problems at this stage of the campaign in the province are the small size of the fruits and the impact of pests like the cotonet.
"Although we started with the prospect of a 37% increase in the production compared to last year, these two factors could lead to the total volume being reduced by 10 to 12%," he says.