The ASOEX Citrus Committee reported that the 2021 lemon season has already started. The harvest kicked off in week 15 with the Messina, Eureka and Genova varieties, and the first shipments were made in week 19. As of week 21, 4,029 tons have been exported, with approximately 63% going to the Far East and 37% to the US.
Of the exports to the Far East, 49 tons are on their way to China, 271 tons have been shipped to South Korea and 2,227 tons are going to Japan.
Meanwhile, 1,473 tons are intended for the US and 9 tons have gone to Latin America.
Compared to last season, shipments up to week 21 are 16% higher.
For this season, the export volume of lemons is estimated at 98,000 tons, which entails a 3% increase compared to last season.
Chile has 22,000 hectares planted with citrus fruits between regions IV and VI, and 7,376 hectares correspond to lemons. The main varieties are the Eureka, Fino 49, Messina and Genova.
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