Orange production in the Algarve increased 15 to 20 percent during 2020/2021 campaign

The president of AlgarOrange, José Oliveira, told said that the last citrus fruit campaign also registered price drops “between 15 and 20 percent”, compared to the year of Covid-19 pandemic, which had benefited the sector due to an increase in demand and in the amount paid to the producer, reaching 70 cents per kilogram, almost double the price charged a year earlier.

As for the exports of the Algarve citrus industry, José Oliveira stated that an “average of 20 percent of the production”, which in the Algarve is equivalent, “in average terms, to 70 to 80 percent of the national production” of “about 350,000 tonnes per year” reports

“The main countries were France, Spain and Canada, but we also exported to other countries, such as Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Costa Rica”, said the leader of the Algarve association.

José Oliveira warned however, that Algarvian citrus growers are “very worried about the near future”, because of “pests that are threatening” the groves. "Environmental and sustainability factors are important to us, however we have pests like the fruit fly, which has no integrated plan, although we are fighting for an integrated plan to combat this pest, which causes enormous economic problems for producers”, he said.

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