Murcia's Council of Agriculture and Water expects a 12.1% increase in the Region's citrus harvest volumes for the coming campaign, with a production expected to reach 680,100 tonnes, compared to the 606,484 harvested last year. This was reported by the general director of Agro-Food Industry and Agricultural Training, Ángel García Lidón, during the presentation of the citrus harvest results for the 2012/2013 campaign and the prospects for next year.

Regarding lemons, the general director stressed that the availability of water will lead to the harvest being advanced," and the mild Spring and Summer temperatures will cause an increase in production, with a fruit in perfect conditions of health and outer appearance." The lemon production is expected to reach 390,000 tonnes, from which 300,000 will correspond to the Fino variety and the rest to Verna.

As for mandarins, a total production of 88,900 tonnes is expected. Regarding varieties, Clementine production volumes will increase by around 23.7%; Other mandarins by 23.2% and Satsumas by around 41%. He clarified that, "these increases are due to the expansions of crop acreage and the varietal conversions through regrafting."

He also highlighted the increase in production volumes of the late varieties, like the Nadorcott, Murcott and others, as a consequence of the entry into production of new plantations. In contrast, varieties such as the Marisol, Fortuna and Nova will see lower volumes.

The production of oranges for the coming campaign is expected to reach 169,400 tonnes. By groups, there will be an increase in the production of the Navel type, by around 13.1%, as well as of late and sanguine varieties. The growth of the Naveline, Navelate, Lanelate and Navel Powel will be particularly noteworthy. In contrast, Salustianas will drop.

Regarding grapefruits, the crop acreage has experienced a small drop over the past year, and thus the production for the coming 2013/2014 campaign will drop by around 6.2% compared to the previous one. Production volumes are expected to reach 31,220 tonnes.

Source: CARM