The mandarin clementine harvest in Uruguay is currently going well with slightly higher than estimated volumes for Camposol Uruguay being packed and shipped thus far. While the first containers are still to arrive in their main export market of the USA, the company hopes to have better prices than last season. However, this remains to be seen after arrival, says Miguel Rodas, operations manager at Camposol Uruguay.
“The harvest volume of this campaign for the clementine variety was slightly higher than planned. Our first containers are yet to arrive at their destination. Our main market is the USA, we are also sending some fruit to the EU. Regarding prices, we hope they will be better than in 2021. We still do not have arrivals, so we cannot go deeper into this point,” stated Rodas.
Camposol has about 900 hectares of different varieties of mandarins in Uruguay. The group has commercial offices located in different countries. This allows them to withstand the current storm of increased production and shipping costs caused by the pandemic, ongoing lockdowns and the Russian war in Ukraine.
“The programs for all our fruit are managed through these commercial offices. Both production costs and maritime transport have increased. It affected us above all in logistics, but added to the current problems in China. At the level of agricultural operations, we work on the continuous improvement of processes constantly, this has allowed us not to exceed the planning for this year,” explains Rodas.
The company is nearly done harvesting clementines. The focus now turns to their other citrus products. “We plan to finish our citrus harvests in Uruguay between the last week of June and the first week of July. Camposol currently has two operations that produce citrus, specifically mandarins, in Uruguay and Perú. Both operations are complementary in harvest dates and this allows us to supply our different clients,” concluded Rodas.