Despite the overwhelming negative aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic, here and there, some positive effects have ensued. One of these is the break in the downwards trend that has thwarted the Valencian citrus fruit trade, which over the years has become increasingly unprofitable due to falling prices paid to farmers.
2020 saw the consumption of oranges and lemons going through the roof as buyers throughout the EU strove to get their vitamin C fix.
Spain is the global leader in citrus exports, producing more than six million tonnes every year with 95% of outside sales going to European countries - and Valencia is by far the biggest player in the game.
Data, published by the European Commission, shows that citrus fruit prices last year increased by €0.59 per kilo - a 19% rise with regards to the average of the previous five years.
This means Valencian orange and lemon producers, who account for the largest percentage of trade in Europe but are often still unable to make a living, finally saw their income go up after too many disastrous campaigns.
Statistically, other countries such as Italy, Portugal and Greece registered higher price hikes, but those nations reportedly produce and export much less than Spain and fix more expensive price tags.
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