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Mainly due to drought and lack of available irrigation water

Tunisian citrus harvest down 20%

The citrus harvest in Tunisia has dropped by 20% this season, to 345,000 tons against 440,000 tons during the past season. Among the main reasons for this decline are drought, as well as a lack of irrigation water in production areas, particularly in the governorate of Nabeul which accounts for 75% of the harvest of the sector nationwide.

The decline in the citrus harvest mainly affects the Maltaise (- 30%), Navel (-25%) and Clementine (23%) varieties. This season, the volumes produced of these varieties have reached 92,800 tons of Maltese, 98,000 tons of Navel, 56,500 tons of Clementine and 53,000 tons of lemons.

The harvest of sweet oranges stands at 17,100 tons, that of mandarins has remained stable at 5,600 tons while the other varieties of citrus fruit have recorded a 13.5% drop to 13,500 tons.

Source: en.africanmanager.com


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