In Spain, storm Filomena has brought wintery conditions more typical of Scandinavian countries, with abundant rains, snowfalls and sub-zero temperatures in various parts of the country. Although vegetables are among the products most affected by this storm, it does not seem to be causing a significant impact on the production of clementines and mandarins in the main producing areas. Still, the frost alert will remain activated for the rest of the week.
"For the time being, the fruit is not being negatively affected. After several days of rainfall, there is less saturation in the markets, as well as a rise in the demand due to low temperatures," says José Ramón Mechio, manager of the Castellon-based company Agribur, specialized in the marketing of clementines and mandarins with leaf.
This week, the switch from the first to the second phase of the citrus campaign has been underway. "Although there is still some supply of Clemenules, the most cultivated variety in Spain, the volumes are already becoming scarce. There is already Clemenvilla available, and although some sales are already being made, the supply of Nadorcott and Tango will arrive next week,” says the exporter, adding that the calibers of the mid-season and late varieties appear to be better compared to those of the Clemenules.
The first phase of the Spanish citrus campaign has not met the expectations that the sector had for this year, given the results of the end of the previous year due to the impact of the coronavirus. "This month will be key to see how the second half of the campaign will develop, although we are optimistic," he says.