On November 30, the World Citrus Organization (WCO) published its annual Northern Hemisphere Citrus Forecast for the upcoming 2022-23 citrus season. The forecast encompasses citrus grown in Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, and the U.S.
WCO estimates that hemispheric production will decrease by 13% to 25,958,275 metric tons (MT) compared to the previous season due to climatic issues. WCO notes that despite these decreases in hemispheric production, citrus is still a leading fruit on the global market.
Decreases are expected in all citrus categories, with oranges decreasing by 11.79% to 13,995,754 MT, grapefruit decreasing by 16.88% to 769,043 MT, soft citrus decreasing by 13.32% to 7,176,116 MT, and lemon/limes decreasing by 15.70% to 4,017,362 MT.
WCO forecasts U.S. citrus production to decrease by 5.16% from the previous season.
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