Georgia expects 70,000 tons of mandarin harvest of the Satsuma variety also known as Unshiu broadleaf in 2021. If this comes to pass, this harvest will be the largest in 2017-2021. Another feature of this season that could affect prices is the relatively small size of mandarins due to excess harvests and rains in September.
Exporters will start active purchases of mandarins from farmers in November. Wholesale buyers stated that demand in export markets, mainly in Russia and Ukraine, is always high for high-quality mandarins, which means large size and no visible defects. Therefore, the only requirement from wholesalers is quality. The share of non-standard mandarins in Georgia usually ranges at 10-30%. However, exporters expect it to be higher this season.
The mandarin growing sector in Georgia is very fragmented, with most of the farm areas being less than one hectare, so traders have to visit many growers to collect export volume and quality mandarins.
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