Unión de Uniones de Agricultores y Ganaderos, after having collected data from various citrus areas at the state level, forecasts there will be a slight decrease in the Spanish citrus harvest in the next season that should serve to increase prices for producers if the season develops normally.
According to the agrarian organization, the pre-capacity outlooks show a balanced tonnage within the average of the last citrus growing seasons. "Taking into account the growth rate of demand and consumption, the amount of fruit to supply the markets should be adjusted in this next season to get the different varieties out in an orderly manner, without causing downward price tensions, but quite the opposite,” they added.
Unión de Uniones recalled that fruit consumption in Spanish households grew by 10% in 2020 and that citrus fruits (orange, lemons, tangerines, and grapefruit) were the most bought fresh fruit last year, accounting for 26.9% of the total and 1 out of every 4 euro spent in this category.
"This pandemic has served to relaunch the consumption of citrus fruits as beneficial allies for health and therefore we encourage people to consume them and bet on our local fruit," they stated.
The organization added that the expected reduction in volume or stability in the harvest would allow producers to achieve good fruit sizes, especially in varieties such as Clemenules, for which a significant reduction in production is expected. The rest of the mandarin categories are expected to achieve a production similar to last season and orange production is expected to increase slightly.
Unión de Uniones has stressed that the community has the most sustainable citrus production system in the world. Therefore, they stated, the country should require reciprocity in phytosanitary and social matters from the production of third countries. The organization will remain vigilant to see if the community authorities declare citrus fruits as a sensitive product, as the sector has demanded, both in the renewal of the European Union (EU) trade agreement with South Africa, scheduled for October, as in other commitments with third countries.