Spain: Rains prevent citrus harvest in Valencia

Yesterday, 14 November, started with the shutdown of the citrus industry due to the strikes organised to protest against the government's austerity measures. Unfortunately for the citrus sector, rains "are not on strike" and continue to prevent the fruit's harvest in the areas of Valencia and Castellon.

Asunción López S.L. is immersed in the campaign with the Satsuma; variety which they will supply until January under the brand CÍTRICOS FRIAL, and they have started harvesting the first clementines.

"It has rained a lot lately and it has yet to stop. Great care will be needed with the harvest, waiting at least 4 or 5 days after it stops raining, because the fruit needs to be dry and release the extra water. If not done this way, the fruit could rot," explains David López, of Cítricos Asunción López S.L.

According to the exporter, not everybody is as cautious with the harvest, and many are likely to take advantage of the lack in supply to harvest now and get good prices. "It is like a doubled-edged sword, because the product will arrive in bad conditions and in the long term it will affect consumer demand," affirms David. "I have received calls with orders, but my advice is to wait until the fruit is suitable for export."

The clementine season will arrive late this year, and until late November supply will be low. This is why it currently feels like demand is very high, but as David says, "demand is just the same, although right now supply is exceptionally low and prices are higher. In late November prices will begin to go down a little." 

The case of Satsumas is different, according to David. "It is a variety that is harder to introduce into the market, but once inside, because of its qualities, enjoys of more continuity than clementines. Right now prices are stable and register a rising trend."

It seems that lately many more orders are arriving from Russia, according to David. "Russia usually imports lots of clementines from Morocco, so we believe that they may suffer significant losses due to the high temperatures of the last few months."

For more information:
David López: +34627542499
Antonio López: +34669478121

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