USDA Publishes Citrus Semi-Annual Report for the EU

On June 15, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) published its Citrus Semi-Annual report for the European Union (EU). Overall, EU citrus production in marketing year (MY) 2022/23 is projected to decrease by 10% to 10.4 million metric tons (MMT) from the previous MY due to unfavorable weather conditions. Spain’s citrus production accounts for approximately 65% of the EU’s total and for the majority of this reduction, decreasing by nearly 18%.

 FAS forecasts the following changes to Spain’s citrus production in MY 2022/23 from the previous MY:

  • Orange production is expected to decrease by 22.8% to 2.89 MMT.
  • Mandarin/tangerine production is expected to decrease by roughly 10% to slightly below 2 MMT.
  • Lemon production is expected to decrease by 18% to 857,000 metric tons (MT).
  • Grapefruit production is expected to decrease by 8.5% in Spain. Spain accounts for 75% of the EU’s grapefruit production, followed by Cyprus. EU grapefruit production will decrease by 6.6% to 99,000 MT due to Spanish production declines.

Read the full report here.

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