Spain: Increase in production of clementines and mandarins in Catalonia

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Published Mar 8, 2024

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The Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives of Catalonia (FCAC) reports a 20% increase in clementine and mandarin production in Terres de l'Ebre, Spain, totaling 82,000 tonnes. This increase, coupled with a drop in harvest quantities in other Spanish regions, has led to a rise in prices per kilo. Despite the growth, the sector faces challenges such as climate change-induced pests and competition from imports. Notably, nearly 95% of Terres de l'Ebre's citrus fruits are exported.
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Spain 08/03/2024 In Spain, in Terres de l'Ebre (province of Tarragona, Catalonia), the production of clementines and mandarins increased by 20% compared to last season, reports the Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives of Catalonia (FCAC). Production totaled 82,000 tonnes of clementines and other mandarins and 27,000 tonnes of oranges. In addition, prices per kilo have increased by between 10 and 15 cents due to the drop in quantities harvested in other regions of Spain due to the drought, thus helping to alleviate the high costs of production and labor. . However, the current campaign faces challenges, particularly due to the increase in pests favored by climate change, such as the South African cottontail and the oriental spider mite. Added to this is the appearance of fruit flies, a consequence of the abandonment since 2012 of some 2,000 hectares which are no longer cultivated. Another ...
Source: Fructidor
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