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Only small citrus exports drop

Citrus fruit EU dashboard: Export of citrus relatively stable 2014-2018

According to the DG Agri Dashboard, exports of citrus have been relatively stable in the harvest years from 2014-2018.Only exports of smaller citrus has seen somewhat of a drop off. Click here for the full report.

This year, we've had a perfect storm

Spain: "The worst citrus season in 25 years"

Francisco Climent owns plantations in Nules that yield 24,000 kilos of Clemenules, the flagship citrus variety in Castellon. He retired a month ago and is now distressed about the sector's situation. "The campaign is disastrous," he says. Pascual Pla, president of the Nulexport cooperative, claims that…

Spain: 190,000 Euro for Castellon's citrus sector in 2019

The Provincial Council of Castellon will support the provincial citrus sector with an investment of 190,000 Euro in 2019 in order to promote its development and improve its…

"Hongjiang orange season starts and traders compete for product"

Hongjiang oranges are produced in the Hongjiang Farm in Zhanjiang Prefecture, the "Chinese hometown of Hongjiang oranges" in Guangdong. The fruit is relatively large. The fruit peel is thin and smooth. The fruit itself is orange-red and moderately sour. The unique flavor and excellent product quality are…

Early start in Turkey resulted in good citrus season

Although the Turkish lemon harvesting season will be heading towards its end in February, the season for other citrus fruits is still only half way done. For Eren Tarim it has been a moving season, with ups and downs and complete opposites. Whether it’s the currency, weather or sizes, the results have…

Turkey: Delegation from Rosselkhoznadzor holds talks on citrus shipments to Russia

From December 3 to 21, a legation of Rosselkhoznadzor specialists will visit Turkey. Meetings are held with representatives of the Food and Control Directorate of the Ministry…

India: Citrus greening disease takes a toll on oranges Nagpur

A vector-transmitted pathogen has already rendered a large volume of Indian citrus non-marketable.  The Nagpur orange crop has taken a major hit this winter. Almost 72,000 hectares…

Wonderful Halos partners with young YouTube star

Wonderful Halos debuted a new YouTube video, “Ryan Takes a Trip in an Airplane to the Wonderful Halos Mandarin Orchards in California” featuring seven-year-old Ryan of Ryan ToysReview. Ryan is one of YouTube’s top video creators, with over one billion views per month and 17 million subscribers. The video is another…

USDA GAIN report

Morocco expects record citrus production in 2018-2019

With the majority of the harvest now complete, Post expects Morocco’s citrus production for MY 2018/19 to reach an estimated 2.6 million metric tons, increasing 18 percent…

Spain: Castellon's citrus fruits have a great ambassador

Chef Martín Berasategui stars in a video broadcast by the Provincial Council of Castellon, in which he recommends consuming citrus from the province and praises the quality and versatility of the oranges grown in it. The initiative is part of the actions carried out by the provincial institution to promote citrus consumption…

”Our tangerines are sold 20% cheaper than last year”

The situation on the citrus fruit market is not easy. “All the citrus fruits are quite available this year in the Mediterranean,” explains Thibaud Havet, of Pulp Fruits. “We also have a lot of logistical problems because of the ‘yellow vests’ movement. It has really been hindering our daily activities.”…

Tokyo citizens preparing for traditional yuzu bath

In what may seem like a curious tradition, the Japanese practice of bathing with yuzu on Winter Solstice –Saturday December 22, this year–  is said to help promote beauty, health and general well-being. Yuzu, a lemon-like native Japanese citrus with a distinctive refreshing aroma, has been lauded for centuries…

Abkhaz tangerines for the Russian market

In Abkhazia, the tangerine season has begun. It is the most active post-summer period in Abkhazia, since the main earnings for the local population are derived from these two…

Farmers began an early harvest to avoid freezing temperatures

Turkey: Early harvest of oranges starts in Aydin

Orange harvesting has started in Aydin, a Turkish south western city which is one of the most important citrus production areas in the country. As citrus producers lost a great amount of mandarins earlier this year, due the Mediterranean fruit fly, they made an early start to the harvest in order to…

There is hope for the second part of the campaign

Spain: Disastrous citrus campaign in Murcia

The professional agricultural organization ASAJA Murcia has described the citrus season as "disastrous and very negative," and has blamed the "productions of third countries, especially South Africa, which are seriously damaging the Spanish citrus sector." The Secretary General of ASAJA Murcia, Alfonso Gálvez Caravaca, has said that…

Citrus production in the southern Turkish town increases by 22%

Turkey: Bumper citrus harvest in Cukurova

Citrus production in Cukurova, one of Turkey's most important agriculture hubs, is expected to reach 1 million 650 thousand tons - an increase of 22% compared to last year. The orange, mandarin and grapefruit harvests continue in an area of 47.000 hectares in Cukurova, which is located near the southern Turkish city…

Diego Oneto, Fruticola Olmos

Peru: "We only offer organic limes"

"The lime season started well for us, as there were no weather problems caused by rain. This has allowed us to have a good performance in the harvest and post-harvest, reducing the mechanical and transport issues we have when taking the product to the packing plant. We work with fixed prices all season,…

New UF/IFAS citrus trial data available soon

New research data are available from trials for citrus rootstocks, scions and combinations of the two that University of Florida scientists hope will broaden the options of…

Partly thanks to weaker Egyptian pound

Egypt: Orange exports continuing to expand

During MY2018/19, a 5.1 percent increase in area planted and 9.6 percent increase in production was forecast, based on growing demand for Egyptian oranges. Egyptian orange prices in the international markets are more competitive than prices offered by other international suppliers due to a devalued Egyptian pound. Though…

China: Will Shatang oranges avoid the unmarketable condition of Nanfeng tangerines?

The news of unmarketable oranges in Guangxi has recently gone viral. The Nanfeng tangerine in Guilin, for example, sells at 0.25 yuan [0.04 USD] per 0.5 kg, and traders are…

Spain: Government to support processing of citrus into juice to tackle price crisis

The Government of Spain seems willing to take action to tackle the serious citrus crisis of this first part of the 2018/2019 campaign, which is the result of a lack of transactions, the massive imports of citrus fruits from South Africa into the European Union (EU) and the collapse of the prices of the…

South Africa asks EU to relax controls on its citrus exports

While the citrus sector demands that the safeguard clause of the free trade agreement with South Africa be activated for next summer and insists that the South African oranges…

“Rational regulation of shipments help Egypt's oranges in China's market”

“This year, the Egyptian navel orange season kicked off in December, and the harvest of Valencia Oranges will start in two weeks. It is estimated that the export supply period to China will last for 5-6 months. In terms of total production, it is basically the same as last year.” James from Forwell…

China: Booming citrus industry lifts Guangxi villagers out of poverty

The citrus industry is booming in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; this growth is playing a big part in the region's efforts to eliminate poverty by 2020. Harvest in the…

Tal Amit of the Israeli Plant Production and Marketing Board:

"Jaffa Orri is the best mandarin in the world"

“In my 30 years of experience in the citrus industry, and with my knowledge of the many varieties, there has never been a better variety of mandarin”, says Tal Amit of the Israeli Plant Production and Marketing Board about the Jaffa Orri mandarin. “Even our competitors admit to this.” Nevertheless, there…

Finger lime: Looks and pops like caviar, tastes like lime

Despite their rather dull outer appearance, it’s difficult to find an ingredient that is as delightful as a finger lime. Inside the tube-shaped fruit are pearl-like citrus spherules in hues of pale green, yellow, coral, and dusky red. The citrus hails from Australia, where it’s also known as a caviar…

After gaining Geographical Indication status:

Cambodia: Koh Trong cultivation of pomelos expanding

Pomelo farmers on Koh Trong island - Kratie province - have expanded their cultivation after the fruit was awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) status. According to the Koh Trong Pomelo Producer Association, Koh Trong island pomelos are the third Cambodian agricultural product to the obtain GI status, after Kampot’s…

Companies Valdibella and Paterna Bio

Sicilian approach: Sustainability, authenticity and short supply chain

There are Sicilian companies that have chosen a different model of producing and selling. Their underlying idea is to recover the ‘human’ contact with the product and with the…

USDA projections

Florida citrus crop shows untypical stability

In its most recent crop report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture held Florida’s projected 2018-19 citrus crop rock steady. This season’s orange crop remained at 77 million…

Lior Gal of Galilee Export about the Sharon Fruit

“We can’t compete in Europe”

“In general, there is less Israeli Sharon fruit every year”, says Lior Gal of Galilee Export. He is the Sharon Fruit Product Manager at the second largest export company of Fruit and Veg owned by a cooperative of growers. “This is because this fruit cultivation has grown rapidly in Spain for the past few years. They pretty much…

Spain: Union of Unions convenes meeting to address citrus crisis situation

The Union of Unions of Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers has decided to take action to address the crisis that has hit the Spanish citrus sector. For that reason, it has convened an urgent meeting, to which all Agricultural Professional Organizations, cooperatives and exporters have been invited…

Spain: Citrus exports to non-EU countries down by 14%

The citrus sector is not achieving good results as far as exports are concerned. At a time with on-going protests by agricultural organizations, such as those convened by the…

Micro-climate in Northern California makes for unique mandarin-growing area

A hidden gem in the foothills of Northern California. That’s probably the best way to describe the mandarin groves located around Newcastle, CA. While virtually all California citrus is grown down south, residents of the Newcastle area prefer locally-grown Satsuma mandarins. What makes the Newcastle area…

Grenada’s agriculture sector to tackle Citrus Greening

In order to contain the spread of the Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening disease, which is devastating citrus crops worldwide, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation…

USDA GAIN report

Morocco expects record citrus yields in 2018-2019

With the majority of the harvest now complete, Post expects Morocco’s citrus production for MY 2018/19 to reach an estimated 2.6 million metric tons, increasing 18 percent over the previous marketing year. Tangerine/mandarin production should increase by 14 percent over the previous year to 1.35 MMT,…

Prices as low as 0.25 yuan [0.04 USD] per kg

China: Guangxi mandarins become unmarketable

This is the harvest season of Nanfeng mandarins in major production areas in Quanzhou County, Lingchuan County, and Xing'an County, in Guilin, Guangxi. The sales of Nanfeng…

Spain: UGT and CC.OO. demand a minimum wage for pickers

Last Wednesday, the unions UGT and CC.OO. protested in Valencia to demand a minimum wage for citrus harvest laborers, who, in the best cases, receive 700 Euro per month. They also asked for a salary increase within the framework of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. More than 300 people participated in the protest,…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

“Tangerines from Agadir and Berkane are in each other’s way”

“Trade in citrus is currently going quite well. Prices are under slight pressure, but consumption is increasing somewhat thanks to the colder weather,” says Erik-Jan Thur of…

USDA GAIN report

Australia’s fresh orange production forecast at 500,000 tons

Australia’s fresh orange production is forecast at 500,000 metric tons (MT) in 2018/19, down 3 percent on the estimate for the previous year. Australia is a counter-seasonal…

Italy: extremely good market debut for the Tarocco red-orange

Giacomo Rizzo is the CEO of SPO Zentrum which, among other things, consists of different production sites in Sicily and an extremely well-organised distribution platform in Tuscany. He claimed, “In these days, we have started the harvesting of the Tarocco red-orange. We are expecting a great campaign in…

Specialized wholesalers welcome the first Sicilian blood oranges of the season

"Smaller yield, but better quality and bigger fruit"

The Advent season is truly citrus time. All the important growing areas of Southern Europe are currently bringing their clementines and oranges to the market. Blood oranges are usually marketed very quickly around Christmas time. On Sicily, this year's harvest started this week. According to specialized…

"We see great potential in untreated limes”

Brazil: Bigger limes expected to be available soon

“Our Brazilian lime season started a few weeks ago. From now on, we expect to receive the better volumes. This is necessary as the retail always demands more around Christmas time. This is why Mexico is still in the market with the necessary volume as well. After Christmas, we expect Mexico will lower…

China: How did Shatang and Wo oranges spread so quickly across the country?

The Shatang orange is a relatively early-season product variety. The orange gradually expanded its market share over more than 10 years and is already well-known throughout…

Leo Pels:

“Larger citrus production globally is our biggest competitor”

Large or small harvests, large or small sizes: it doesn’t matter either way to Leo Pels of the Dutch import company of the same name. In his long career in citrus, he’s seen it all. He prefers taking a step back and looking at the larger trends now seen on the citrus market: overproduction, (too)…

Warm autumn curbs start of citrus season

The warm autumn weather in the Netherlands and Belgium resulted in a difficult start to the Spanish citrus season; demand lagged. Yet David Remy of the Belgian wholesaler’s and importer Jacques Remy isn’t pessimistic. He expects a season with good quality and a larger volume to market. “We do our own importing from Spain under our…

Argentina: The San Miguel citrus company receives a $100 million-dollar financing

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, BID Invest, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, and Rabobank will finance San Miguel, the largest citrus exporter in the southern hemisphere, with US $100 million. This financing will complement San Miguel's capital structure, whose export…

US: Bill is potentially a $25 million step forward for citrus

Citrus has been under siege in the United States. Research to combat the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and the deadly greening disease it spreads, Huanglongbing (HLB), has been…

Market supply unable to meet demand

China: Wei orange becomes "dark horse" of citrus market

The Wei orange is produced in "China's hometown of late-season oranges"--Meishan Prefecture in Sichuan. The orange variety was established by the overseas Chinese researcher, Dr. Wei Gang, who returned from England. This late-season variety is a new variation introduced from Japan and it began to…

Russia tightens control of Turkish citrus fruit imports

Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture imposed extra controls on Turkish citrus fruit imports, reports newspaper Sözcü. The Ministry said it held meetings with Turkish officials…

Medically important antibiotic oxytetracycline allowed on oranges, tangerines

Trump administration approves antibiotic residue on citrus fruit

The Trump administration has approved a maximum level of the medically important antibiotic oxytetracycline allowed in citrus fruits. The Environmental Protection Agency…

“This situation this season is more rational than the last”

China: "Yunnan Xinping Chu orange enters the market in bulk"

Xinping County, Yunnan Province is a famous Chu orange planting base. After years of development, the “Chu Orange” has brought Yunnan's sugar orange production into a fairly mature stage with its excellent quality and taste. The total output has reached more than 1 million tons. Xinping County has also…

Zimbabwe: Citrus producers urge government to remove trade barriers

Citrus producers in the southern part of Zimbabwe have asked policymakers and authorities to fast track the implementation of export measures. Their main focus is on removing…

Citrus Management Committee calls for streamlined border crossings

Spain: French blockades affecting citrus campaign

The Citrus Management Committee (CGC) has called on the Spanish Ministry of Public Works to urgently streamline the border crossing procedures in La Jonquera and Irún, after these were closed by the Guardia Civil following the protests by the French 'yellow vests'. In the same line, it has asked the…

Chile: Korean supermarket E-Mart visits lemon orchards

Last week, the people responsible for purchasing fresh fruit for E-Mart, the largest retailer chain in South Korea, visited lemon orchards in the area of Curacavi. During the tour they were told about the coordinated work that the Citrus Committee carries out in the citrus sector regarding: research to…

PlanetProof Citrus from South Africa

A few years ago, Jaguar the fresh company and SMK jointly invested in an On the Way to PlanetProof standard for the cultivation of Citrus in South Africa. A standard which is…

‘Staggering’ financial and management costs of CBS measures are disproportionate to the risk

Rigid EU stance on CBS overburdens South African citrus industry

The scientific dispute between the EU and the South African citrus industry has again resulted in stalemate as the latter’s three proposals to manage citrus black spot (CBS) in a more financially and environmentally sustainable manner were summarily rejected. This season there were two interceptions of CBS among…

Jolene Gijbels, Euro Gijbels

“The time around Sinterklaas are top weeks for clementines”

“Each year, around Sinterklaas (5th December when Dutch children receive presents) , we see a peak in demand for clementines. We are currently in the top weeks for citrus”, says Jolene Gijbels at Euro Gijbels' location in Spain. This Belgian company mainly cultivates its own product. It also cooperates…

More competition for Spanish citrus

The overseas season for tangerines is lasting longer every year. Competition from other Mediterranean countries is increasing, and the water supply in many Spanish regions is challenging. These are three fronts on which the Spanish sector has to come up with solutions. Albert den Braven from Zoutewelle…

Citrus from third countries and abusive royalties blamed for it

Spain: Citrus prices fall by an average of 23% compared to last season

The Unió de Llauradors (Growers' Association) has carried out a study quantifying the losses of the first part of the citrus campaign, which they estimate at 130 million Euro. 65% of this figure ​​(85 million) is blamed on an anomalous market situation caused by the massive presence of fruit from third…

Mexico: Michoacan will produce more than one million tons of lime

There are more than 71,219 hectares devoted to citrus crops in the state of Michoacan, which produce more than 1,300,000 tons of citrus products, where Mexican and Persian…

Price drops

China: Pomelo market loses balance between demand and supply

The pomelo price showed a downward trend in the market this week. The main reasons for this development are as follows: first, the pomelo market lost a balance between demand…

Corsica: clementine harvest halted due to yellow vests

Corsican clementines are much consumed during holidays in Cosica. However, they will most likely be scarce. Indeed, because of the movement of yellow vests, nearly 700 tons of…

The comparative analysis by the president of Consorzio Euroagrumi, Salvatore Rapisarda

Orange production: more bananas and apples than oranges

Salvatore Rapisalda is the president of the Consorzio Euroagrumi, and he told to FreeshPlaza: “Until the beginning of the 80s, orange was the most consumed fruit in the world, surpassing bananas for almost three million tons. By that time, indeed, the oranges produced were 40 million tons while bananas…

Orafrizer: an outlook on citrus fruit production and export

Italy: Promoting Sicilian red-oranges

The last citrus fruit campaign in Sicily was extremely positive. However, this year the volumes are not the same as last year. This is mainly because of the Tristeza (CTV) effects and of the heavy and persistent rains which devastated the Western-Sicilian production areas. Despite all these issues,…

Spain leads the European citrus market

The citrus production in the 2018/2019 campaign, which started just a few weeks ago and will last until May or June, is expected to reach around 7,292,692 tons. This entails…

163 M€ lost in first part of Valencia's citrus campaign

After holding a meeting, the representatives of the citrus sector within the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) have decided to organize protests and demand measures to counteract "the current dire situation that the citrus sector is going through as far as the incomes of citrus…

Mexico: Zacatecas will strengthen its lemon sector

On Tuesday, the producers of lemons from Trinidad Garcia de la Cadena, Zacatecas, were visited by Governor Alejandro Tello who pledged to strengthen the lemon sector, which currently generates hundreds of jobs, and who said he would work so that producers obtain a health certification to increase exports…

China: First wholesale export of Xiangshan Red Beauty oranges

Xiangshan Dachang Agricultural Development Co., Ltd. received a pre-order from Singapore for 5000 boxes of Red Beauty oranges. The harvest season of Xiangshan "Red Beauty"…

California kumquat season begins with a flourish

Cooler weather initiated an earlier start to the kumquat season in California this year. Growers began harvesting a week earlier than usual as the cooler temperatures quickened the deepening of the fruit color. Overall though, weather conditions have been favorable, particularly in the desert regions. "Our kumquat harvest…

AU: The exercise boosting New South Wales' preparedness for Citrus Canker

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is expected to release an official report into a mock exercise in dealing with the state's potential response to an outbreak of Citrus Canker (Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri) later this month. Exercise Orange Juice was held in October in Griffith and was…

Syrian government providing financial support to boost citrus exports

A senior official in the Syrian Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade revealed a plan to support the current citrus season by providing financial facilities for each shipment…

Farm Bill negotiations indicate big wins for US citrus

Leading farm bill negotiators in the House and Senate have announced that they have reached an “agreement in principle”. This fuels hopes that a final deal will be made before…

Thanos Bobos:

“Greece needs a more liberal course”

Thanos Bobos, the 70 year old president of the Greek cooperative Argeas, has major plans for the future of the company. The assortment has to become more extensive, besides oranges and tangerines, he has already started with the export of strawberries and watermelons as well. Yet he’s also worried about…

Argentina wants to prevent EU from imposing more barriers on its citrus

The citrus producers entrepreneurs grouped in Federcitrus, together with technicians of the National Service of Health and Agri-Food Quality (Senasa), will hold meetings with phytosanitary technicians from the European Union to stop the imposition of new barriers to the entry of citrus fruit into this…

"Production volume similar to last year"

China: Market demand for Eureka lemon reaches stable position

Tongnan County in Chongqing, China, is located on latitude 30 degrees north. The annual average temperature is 17.9℃. The soil is slightly acidic and suitable for irrigation. It is one of the world's three largest lemon production areas, along with California in the USA and Sicily in Italy. The lemon…

China: So Orange makes impression at Asia Fruit and Veg Expo

The 2018 Asia Fruit and Vegetable Exposition, in its 11th edition, took place at the Shanghai National Conference Center between November 21st and 23rd. This 3-day exposition attracted more than 440 participants from the USA, the Netherlands, Japan, France, and 26 other countries, as well as more than 40…

Due to low yield and quality problems

Pakistani traders cut kinnow export targets

Pakistani traders have set a kinnow export target for the current year at 325,000 tons, which is 50,000 tons less compared to last year, owing to low competitiveness, mounting…

Egypt prepares for citrus export rush into rest of Africa

Egyptian container shipping line Transmar will be spearheading the export drive of lemons, limes, tangerines, grapefruits and especially oranges, using containers from its…

Freshmax Australia invests in seedless citrus production

Freshmax Australia has recently made significant strides in its ongoing 40Ha planting program of Tangold Seedless™ mandarins on their own farm in Swan Hill. With an initial 20Ha now in the ground, and a further 20Ha planned for the next 18 months, this move will further diversify the Swan Hill property’s…

Cuties mandarin brand launches holiday promotion

Mandarin brand Cuties® launched its holiday promotion – Spread the Cheer – encouraging people to share their favorite ways to give back, while also giving them the chance to…

Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

Pakistan to raise kinnow exports to China to 50,000-80,000 tons

This Wednesday, Shamsul Islam Khan, Member Managing Committee of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) stated that Pakistani manufacturers, businessmen and…

Bhutan: Exporters expect better mandarin business

In Bhutan’s southern border town of Phuentsholing, the export of mandarin has started in and exporters are expecting to do much better this season. The trade started late, so…

University also looking to improve laser technology

UF/IFAS event combines latest citrus varieties with new breeding research

Citrus growers can see if they want to grow the latest varieties from UF/IFAS breeders -- and then learn more about commercializing crops – all on Dec. 4 at the University of…

Orri is still Israel's main citrus export

“The prices of Orri have stabilized at a certain level. They are not sky-high, but it is still a good level”, says Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe. “However, since the Orri production costs are so high, farmers need crops of a certain level to cover these. If your average yield is below, let’s say, 25 tons…

Citrus fruit: the dynamics between producers and markets

Next week, December will start, which means that we will get to the heart of the Italian citrus fruit campaign. The season has just ended in the southern hemisphere – it was characterised by a tendency to focus on late supplies. We contacted Salvo Laudani, the Freshfel Europe vice-president, in order to better understand…

Italy: novel Italian citrus fruits for the German market

Stefano Restuccia is the marketing manager for the Sicilian Red Co.p PO and he said to FreshPlaza, “We have just started the Tarocco marketing campaign with the harvesting of the produce coming from early ripening areas where we farm the Tarocco Nocellare and the Tarocco 2062. In this way, we can package…

Spain: La Ribera Alta requests withdrawal of 250,000 tons of low-caliber citrus

The Mancomunitat de la Ribera Alta has recently approved a resolution asking the Council of Agriculture to withdraw between 200,000 and 250,000 tons of low-caliber citrus from…

Brazil: Orange juice exports decreased by 21% from July to October

On Monday, the National Association of Exporters of Citrus Juices (CitrusBR) stated that Brazilian exports of orange juice fell by 21% in volume and by 16% in revenue in the…

UK: Popularity of the 'yuzu' is growing

As a fruit, oranges are traditionally associated with Christmas, but this year some people would really like to find a yuzu in their stocking. The Japanese fruit has become so…

Totai Citrus

Bolivia's growing importance in international lemon markets

“Nowadays Totai Citrus is exporting fresh lemons to Europe (Netherlands, England, Italy), Uruguay and Hong Kong. We are also looking forward to exporting to the Japanese market. In addition, we are working to open the fresh fruit market in China, France, Germany, Canada and the USA. In South America, we…

Despite SA Citrus efforts

"EU remains aggressively protectionist on Citrus Black Spot"

Despite one of South Africa’s best seasons on record in terms of preventing Citrus Black Spot (CBS) symptoms on fruit arriving at EU borders, the European Union seems…

French overseas departments and territories:

Destruction of a citrus nursery at Gros-Morne

State services have announced the destruction of thousands of citrus plants in Gros-Morne, in Martinique. This measure concerns 47 citrus trees planted and 6,000 citrus plants…

Italy: Spanish competition is an obstacle for the Sicilian Lemon

The Sicilian lemon campaign started a few weeks ago. Yet, immediately, Spanish competition represented quite an obstacle on the European market. The Sicilian agribusiness expert Salvatore Magliocco pointed out that “this year, we have been facing a tough situation with the Spanish competitor. The European markets were…

Spain: Citrus production to grow by 10%

The citrus production in Spain this campaign will reach the 7,292,692 tons, a greater volume than those recorded in the five previous seasons. This has been revealed in the…

US: Citrus doing well in Southeast Georgia

Georgia is well-known as “The Peach State,” but a different fruit crop continues to find a home here. Franklin’s Citrus Farm says their fifth crop of Satsumas will be their…

South African Lona Group approaches agriculture in an innovative way

Fruit is king when it comes to South Africa’s agricultural economy. And the Lona Group is providing a platform for progression across South Africa, approaching agriculture in…

Alfons Royo, manager of Royo Fruits:

"Delay in harvest and rain will extend the Clemenules campaign"

"We started harvesting the first Clemenules at the end of October. The fruit's ripening is about fifteen days behind, so the rains recorded a month ago have not taken a toll on the quality. If the fruit had been ripe, the damage would have been much greater," explains Alfons Royo, manager of Frutas Royo,…

"It is very difficult to trade Moroccan citrus on the free market"

The current market for Moroccan mandarins is definitely not smooth. "We had a difficult start with the Clementines. Just as was the case with Spain, the supply only started two or three weeks later. There was a shortage of rain during the hot summer months. However, in recent weeks harvesting was…

Stelios Lykoskoufis:

“Exporting outside of the EU would be a good adventure”

The early start of the orange harvest is the only remarkable thing about the Greek season, according to Stelios Lykoskoufis and George Sellis. The old-school trader has been active in the sector for quite some years. Unfortunately, the export of leafy tangerines is no longer allowed, and the sector is…

Spain: Protests organized by the citrus sector

The CCOO Industry Union and the Industry, Construction and Agro Federation (FICA) of UGT have agreed to call for protests in Valencia. They are initially scheduled for…

Castellon, Region of Valencia

Spain: Citrus demand increases with the arrival of the cold

Despite the bad start of the campaign, marked by the massive entry of clementines from the southern hemisphere and the heavy rainfall that came later, cooperatives and…

China-Europe Railway Express train leaves from Wuhan

China: Dawn Red orange export from Yichang to Russia

A train full of delicious oranges from Yichang and mangoes from south China departed for Russia on November 22nd. The China-Europe Railway Express train left from Wuhan Station and will cross the border at Manzhouli. The train is expected to arrive in Irkutsk in 15 days. Fruit destined for transport to Russia The China-Europe Railway…

India: Punjab’s kinnow to beat Maharashtra’s orange

Kinnow growers of Punjab are looking forward to a bumper crop this season, due to some excellent spells of weather. Despite expecting surplus production, they are anticipating…

Citrus production in South Africa: A season of records

Despite water constraints and dry conditions in some major citrus-producing regions, South Africa’s citrus industry experienced a particularly good season this year. According to Justin…

Ronnie Motorman, Willem Dijk AGF:

"Orange prices acceptable, fewer large sizes"

According to Ronnie Motorman of Willem Dijk AGF the orange prices are at an acceptable level at the moment. "Larger sizes in particular have a better price. Nature has meant that there are less large sizes on the market compared to previous years. We expect a normal season with Elegant, just slightly…

China: Gannan Navel Orange Trade Center officially in business

The Gannan Navel Orange Trade Center officially opened for business on January 17th. The trade center is located in a new industrial park in Anyuan County, Ganzhou. This…

Turkey: Lemon prices drop as production increases

Mugla is an important city for citrus fruit production and exports in Turkey, but lemon prices in Mugla have dropped significantly as the production has increased by more than 50%. The production volume in the city is around 80,000 tons this year and the price at the grower has dropped to 0.10 USD per…

Florida citrus to make comeback

Steven Callaham, CEO of Dundee Citrus Growers Association, says the groves look great. He states that the Association is the largest fresh fruit cooperative in Polk County, with more than 200 citrus…

Israel: Larger quantity of lemons leads to competitive prices

Multiple countries have found their way at the start of their lemon season and it’s no different for Israel. Although lemons aren’t the country’s biggest product in terms of export, they do cultivate quite a large amount for local distribution. The know-how is there and opportunities for export of the…

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Chile's Citrus Committee leads project to reduce seeds in mandarins

Chile already has its own variety compatibility chart, which will allow decreasing the amount of seeds in mandarins, a growing requirement from export markets and consumers. Chile's Citrus…

India sees value in Cítricos Valencianos PGI

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, November 20 and 21, Feria Valencia hosted the third edition of the Go Global Congress, an event aimed at Valencian SME's interested in expanding in the international market. The Cítricos Valencianos PGI has participated for the first time and aims to open the Indian market. According to the…

China: Pomelos enter market in bulk but sales are slow

In south China, the mostly mountainous areas are suitable for all kinds of fruit plantations, and fruit is generally quite cheap. Take for example the pomelos that are currently entering the market in bulk. The price is low at only several cents per kg, and still traders are unable to sell them. Some of…

Northern Californian mandarins not affected by Camp Fire smoke

While the smoke from the Camp Fire has impacted the air quality, local mandarin farmers are reporting the fruit, which is just now coming into season, is unaffected and this year’s crop is good. At Mt. Ida Mandarin Ranch, Chris Layton, said he hasn’t noticed any effect from the smoke on the fruit: “Our crop is…

“This Turkish citrus season is the worst in history”

The Turkish lemon season does not appear to be as good as some growers made it out to be. A combination of strong rivalry between Turkish exporters and the downswing of the Lira has made the situation very delicate. The fact that the calibers of the lemons started out rather small doesn’t help either. The season for…

Turkey: Hailstorms cause production losses in oranges

The orange harvest has started in Finike, Antalya, one of the most important orange production areas in Turkey. Finike Chamber of Agriculture Chairman, Halil Saricobanoglu, said: “Orange gardens in Finike cover 3,100 hectares and this year we expect around 200,000 tons of oranges. However due to hailstorms in the…

10% growth

Peru: More citrus exports expected in 2019

In 2019, Peruvian exports of citrus fruits (mandarins, tangelos, oranges, grapefruit and lemon) are expected to grow by 10% over the 180,239 tons dispatched in this year's…

Argentina: Entre Rios declares a phytosanitary emergency due to HLB

Through Decree 3757, the government of Entre Ríos declared a phytosanitary emergency due to the Huanglongbing (HLB) and urged producers and authorities to adopt and / or…

California navel season filled with small fruit

California’s navel orange season is looking to be the opposite of last year’s season. “We’ve got lots of small oranges in this year. Last year’s crop caused a heavier set and we’ve had an unusually warm fall. It’s been hot here in the valley,” says Randy Jacobson of Orange Cove, Ca.-based Cecelia Packing Corp. “We’ve…

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The clementine situation

In the last few hours, sources from Coldiretti Calabria have been pointing out a difficult situation for the citrus fruit farming sector, especially regarding the clementine. The weather has been very unusual with widespread warmth and humidity. Among the damages, there is an increasing number of spoiled fruits which will…

Celebrating 20 years of citrus exports from South Africa to the US

Next year, Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) is celebrating 20 years of success for providing fresh citrus to the U.S. market. Founded in 1999 and rebranded in 2016, Summer Citrus from…

Pakistan kinnow harvest current season: plus 400,000 tons

The Citrus Research Institute Sargodha is making all-out efforts to aid Pakistani citrus growers, hoping that during the current season growers would get 25-40 percent better…

Turkey: Harvest of citrus fruit starts in East Black Sea region

The citrus fruit harvest has started in the East Black Sea region where citrus fruits are grown as alternative products in an area where hazelnuts are the main product for many growers. Other alternative products grown in the region are kiwi, strawberry and walnut. Persembe town in Ordu, a city located in northern…

Spain: Valencian citrus growers, on alert due to flooding

Citrus producers are concerned about the threat of the "pixat" and about the risk of mandarin skins being affected by the excess water; a result of the latest rains. In fact, the harvest has been delayed due to the flooding of fields in the Region of Valencia. The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA) has…

"China will displace Canada as the fourth largest market"

Peru: Citrus exports to China increased by 51%

In the 2018 campaign, Peruvian citrus exports amounted to 180,239 tons, i.e. 8% more than the 166,616 tons exported in 2017, said the general manager of the Citrus Producers…

North East India:

State of Tripura focuses on marketing oranges

The Tripura government has planned to focus on marketing delicious and juicy oranges of the state. Furthermore, they see the orchards as a way of promoting tourism, said Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today after opening 6th Orange Festival at Killa of Gomati district. The Chief Minister began the festival by plucking…

Citrus brand invests in brand awareness ahead of California season

Cuties® mandarin brand said it has invested in marketing efforts to increase brand awareness and excitement in anticipation of the California Cuties season. In an effort to generate brand engagement…

India: Oranges and opium threaten Rajasthan Chief Minister

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has two important problems in her constituency Jhalrapatan, in Rajasthan: opium and oranges. Farmers of these cash crops claim that their demand for more licences to cultivate opium and the compensation for their orange farming losses due to hailstorm and drought in the…

Turkish lemon market stable, Spain’s issues create opportunities

The Turkish lemon market seems to be stabilizing after a rocky start. That shift comes just in time, as Spain is having issues with sizes and quality due to the weather. For Turkish exporter Aksun this news comes with opportunities, or at least makes the competition less fierce. Although the Turkish lemon season started…


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