The volume of lemon exports from South Africa increased by 2 times


The volume of lemon exports from South Africa increased by 2 times

04/27/2020

Experts predict that the demand for lemons will remain high and the volume of shipments will double

The focus group of the Association of Citrus Producers of South Africa (CGA) on lemons adjusted the forecast for the lemons for the current season.

Citrus producers expect to collect 27.1 million boxes or 406.5 thousand tons of lemons in the 2020/21 season, FruitNews reports.

At the moment, export volumes double the indicators of 2019, but in the future there will be a slowdown and the total supply will be only 19% higher than in 2019.

The world market is now influenced by many factors. First of all, complicated logistics, there were supply disruptions, export forecasts failed, as many countries closed their borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, experts agree that the demand for lemons will remain high and the volume of shipments will double.

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Lemon packaging started in early 2020. To date, 25% of the production volume is packaged – 6 million boxes or 90 thousand tons. When the season of oranges and grapefruits reaches its peak, the packaging and collection of lemons will slow down. By the end of week 13, citrus producers packed 700 thousand boxes of grapefruit or 10.5 thousand tons, 1.2 million boxes of satsuma or 18 thousand tons.

The data show the acceleration of the packaging process compared to 2019, but at the same time, the pace remains at the level of 2018. According to Agrihub, 300 thousand boxes (4.5 thousand tons) were sent to grapefruit, 400 thousand boxes (6 thousand tons) of tangerines and 4.5 million boxes (67.5 thousand tons) of lemons.

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