“The prices of the Nadorcott and Tango varieties are below 0.60 euro per kilo”
Citrus prices continued to fall in this second part of the campaign, in clear contrast to the increase in production costs. Orange prices aren’t the only ones falling, said La Unió de Llauradors i Ramaderos general secretary Carles Peris.
“The prices of the Nadorcott and Tango varieties are below 0.60 euro per kilo. The price of Ortanique tangerines has completely dropped and fluctuates between 0.12 and 0.16 euro per kilo in Castellon. As a result, a lot of fruit is diverted to industry or even left in unharvested fields.”
“The price of oranges has been low since the start of the campaign due to the pressure exerted by imports from South Africa. In this second part of the season, the situation has not changed and prices fluctuate between 0.13 and 0.15 euro per kilo in Castellon. , which is totally ruinous for the Navel Lane Late,” Peris said.
This collapse in fruit prices in the countryside caused a drop in imports at the start of the year. According to the latest Enhanced Monitoring of EU Citrus Import recently published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in the first two months of 2022 the EU imported 40,454 tonnes of oranges, i.e. 40.2% (-7,155 tons) less than in 2021 and 49.4% (-39,521 tons) less than the average.