According to the Huelva-based agrarian society Frescitrus, the citrus production in the current campaign (2019/2020) will fall by between 25 and 30% compared to the previous season, when 16,235,000 kilos of oranges and 21,281,000 kilos of clementines were harvested.
Alfonso Tomé, manager of the entity, said that “in the case of oranges, the total volume this campaign could fall by up to 26%, although we are already seeing that for some varieties, the production is going to be lower than initially estimated.”
As for clementines, Alfonso Tomé says that “we are not going to see that much of a difference between one campaign and the other, because many plots that we had grafted have now become productive. However, if an analysis by varieties is carried out, we have a 10% drop compared to last year in the case of the Nadorcott; an almost 40% drop in the case of the Clemenules, and one of about 30% in the case of the Clemenvilla.”
The protected variety Tango is the exception, having recorded an increase of 188%.
When it comes to the early varieties (Clemenrubí, Oronules, Cultifort, Orogrós and Clemenpons), Alfonso Tomé says that “the fruit was ripe on time, between September 20 and 23, and with optimum quality, so all plots have already been harvested.”
Although there are still data to be confirmed, the manager of the society estimates the production of early varieties this season at around 5 million kilos grown on about 340 hectares.
Although prices are on the rise, up by between 35 and 40% compared to the previous season, Tomé acknowledges that “there are plots where many kilos have yet to be harvested” and that can have an impact on the final yield.
Frescitrus, which has started producing organic oranges this season in the town of Villanueva de los Castillejos, has an annual turnover of close to 50 million Euro. The main destination for the oranges, clementines and mandarins they harvest is the domestic market, which absorbs about 60% of the total, while the rest goes to European markets, mainly Portugal, France, Belgium, Sweden and Italy.
The agrarian society also has about 30 hectares devoted to kaki cultivation, specifically of the late variety Rojo Brillante. While around one million kilos were harvested in the previous campaign, this time the production is estimated to amount to around 840,000 kilos.