The orange and mandarin campaign is nearing its end in Andalusia and, as the supply of citrus fruits in the fields and sales operations decrease, prices increase. According to the weekly citrus report of the Andalusian Government Price and Market Observatory corresponding to week 18, the average price of citrus is higher than in previous campaigns, with the exception of lemon.
The orange campaign is practically over in Andalusia. However, producers are still harvesting Valencia Late, Barberinas, and Midknight varieties in some late plantations.
The average value of the orange at their origin in week 18 stood at 0.43 euro/kg, i.e. 16% more than the 0.37 euros/kg of the previous week.
The average price of oranges between week 15 and week 18 of the current campaign was 0.35 euro/kg, i.e. 5.2% higher than the average price registered in the same weeks of the four preceding campaigns (0.34 euro/kg).
Mandarin supply decreases
Currently, producers in Andalusia are harvesting the latest mandarins and hybrid varieties, such as the Orri or Tango varieties. The average prices of this citrus fruit in the field in week 18 were 8.3% higher than in the previous week and stood at 0.78 euro/kg.
The average price in the field between week 15 and week 18 of the 2020/21 campaign was 0.73 euro/kg, i.e. 20.78% higher than the average value registered in the same period of the four preceding campaigns (0.60 euro/kg).
Lemon, in an optimal state
The Verna lemon continued to be harvested in Andalusia in the first week of May. The price paid to farmers remained stable when compared to the previous week and its average price was 0.35 euro/kg.
The average price of lemon between weeks 15 and 18 of 2021 was 0.32 euro/kg, i.e. 39.95% lower than in the same weeks of the four preceding seasons (0.53 euro/kg).
According to the Junta de Andalucia, the main causes for this decrease are the COVID-19 health crisis, its direct consequences on the Horeca channel, and the absence of event celebrations.