According to the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Junta de Andalucia's weekly Citrus Report corresponding to weeks 42 and 43, Andalusian citrus producers have been forced to reduce the average price at which they sell their products due to the relatively low demand for citrus fruits there is now when compared to the same moment of other campaigns and the imported citrus that still remains in the large distribution chains.
The report also states that the fruit continues to grow on the trees gaining size as a result of the last rains.
Currently, producers in the provinces of Cordoba, Sevilla, Huelva, and Almeria continue to harvest the early orange and mandarin varieties, such as Navelinas oranges and Satsumas, Oronules, and Clemenules mandarins. Producers in the provinces of Malaga and Almeria are also harvesting the early Fino lemon.
In the first three weeks of the 2021/22 campaign, the average prices of oranges, tangerines, and lemons have decreased by 11% on average each week as a result of accumulated delays in container transport that have affected the current supply of southern hemisphere citrus fruit on the world market.
The average prices of these citrus fruits at their source have been 16.5% lower than those registered in the same weeks of the 2020/21 campaign (when they were especially high due to COVID-19) and 9.8% lower than in the same period of the five preceding campaigns.
"However, professionals in the sector expect prices to increase in the coming weeks as a result of the decrease in the supply of citrus fruits in the market and the increase in demand due to the arrival of winter in Europe," the Prices and Markets Observatory stated.
The prices of the early orange have registered an average weekly decrease of 10% in the first three weeks of the campaign. So far this season, the average price of this citrus (0.19 euro/kg) has been 23.6% lower than the average price reached in the same weeks of the previous season.
Clementine mandarins started the campaign with optimal prices of nearly 0.70 euro/kg; however, in the following two weeks they fell by an average of 15.5% until they stood at 0.50 euro/kg. Their average price in the first weeks of the 2021/22 campaign (0.60 euro/kg) is 8.4% lower than the average price achieved in the same weeks of the previous campaign.
Just like the rest of the citrus fruits analyzed, between weeks 40 and 43 of 2021 the average price of lemon followed a negative trend and fell by 4% each week. Similarly, the average price reached in said period (0.47 euro/kg) was 24.1% lower than in the same weeks of 2020.