The third AILIMPO lemon harvest estimate for the 2020/2021 season confirms the figures published in the September report, and foresees a total production of 1,290,000 tons, with 947,000 tons of Fino lemons and 343,000 tons of Verna lemons.
The Fino lemon campaign will continue in the first four months of 2021, although with a significant reduction in the supply of commercial quality fruit. "The commercial supply of Fino lemons for the fresh market will be smaller in the second part of the season and this may put some stress on the market."
As for Verna lemons, the forecast points to the harvest reaching 343,000 tons in 2021; a very similar volume to that of the 2020 campaign, with the marketing expected to start in May. This will allow Spain to consolidate as a leading lemon supplier in Europe during the summer, offering quality, sustainability and an excellent service. "The Spanish Verna lemon harvest should guarantee the supply throughout the summer of 2021."
Regarding the industry, it is estimated that more than 25% of the harvest will go to processing; an activity in which Spain is in 2nd place in the world, with a wide range of juices, essential oils and dehydrated peel.
Also, the GlobalGAP and GRASP certifications are key elements in the interprofessional's strategy to make Spanish lemons stand out and promote their sustainable production under economic, environmental and social standards.
Ailimpo will provide the final balance of the 2020/2021 campaign and the first forecast of the 2021/2022 campaign on September 30, 2021.
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