According to the Summary of the 2019/20 organic citrus fruits campaign of the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Junta de Andalucia, in 2019 the country had 16,691 hectares devoted to organic citrus. This area was mainly concentrated in Andalusia, Valencia, and Murcia, which accounted for 98% of the total area. Andalusia accounted for 54% of the national area.
In 2019 Andalusia had 8,973 hectares devoted to growing organic citrus, i.e. 10% more hectares than in the previous year.
The provinces of Malaga, Almeria, Seville, and Huelva account for nearly 90% of the total area devoted to organic citrus in Andalusia and are its main producing provinces.
Average prices of organic oranges rise
In the 2019/20 campaign, the average prices of organic oranges in Andalusia stood at 0.86 euro/kg, i.e. 22.4% more than in the 2018/19 campaign. This is 16.1% higher than the average price of the last six campaigns (0.74 euro/kg).
Evolution of the campaign
The campaign began in mid-October 2019 with average prices slightly above 1.1 euro/kg. Then, prices decreased until they reached their lowest value in the campaign –0.70 euro/kg– in mid-January 2020. Starting February, orange prices started to improve.
As of March, the orange's average prices and volumes sold started to increase due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; a trend that would continue until the end of the season. Oranges achieved their maximum value, 1.25 euro/kg, at the beginning of May 2020.
According to the Observatory of Prices and Markets, the value of the late mandarin varieties increased the most. Mandarins and hybrids registered an average value of 1.52 euro/kg in the 2019/20 campaign. This price is 25% higher than the average price of the last six campaigns (1.22 euro/kg).
They were followed by the mid-season Clementine mandarins, which registered an average value of 1.24 euro/kg, i.e. 14.3% more than the 1.1 euro/kg average in the six previous campaigns.
Finally, the early Clementine mandarins had an average value of 1.57 euro/kg, i.e. 11.3% higher than in the last six seasons (1.41 euro/kg).