In the season 2019-2020, the EU will increase the import of citrus fruits


In the season 2019-2020, the EU will increase the import of citrus fruits

01/07/2020

EU leading citrus producers are Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Cyprus.

The total citrus production in the EU in the 2019-2020 season is projected to decline by 12.7%, which is likely to lead to an increase in imports.

According to a USDA report, the crop will decline in Spain and Italy due to heavy rains in autumn and spring, and a decrease in the area of ​​orchards. At the same time, the quality of citrus fruits will not suffer. About this writes FruitNews based on Freshfruitportal.

The leading EU citrus producers are Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Cyprus. Spain’s production is likely to fall by 19% to 6.1 million tons. Italy expects a 20% decline year on year to 2 million tons. It is noted that 80% of the production of EU oranges is concentrated in Spain and Italy.

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The main areas of citrus export from the EU remain countries such as Switzerland, Norway and Canada. In addition, there is an increase in fruit exports to China. The list of strategic citrus markets for the EU includes Canada, the Middle East and China.

“It is worth noting that after several years of continuous economic downturn, producers are moving from citrus to other more profitable crops like persimmons or avocados,” the USDA report said.

In general, EU oranges production will decline by 10% to 5.8 million tons compared to the 2018/19 season. Based on this, the production of orange juice will be reduced by 16%. The harvest of tangerines will fall by 17.7% year on year due to reductions in the area of ​​citrus orchards. EU lemons production will decrease by 12.6%. The largest lemons producers in the EU are Spain, Italy and Greece.

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