Smaller Valencia lemon cropThis article was originally published in Foodnews
THE Comunitat Valenciana expects its 2011/12 citrus harvest to contract 9.8% compared with last year, with orange seeing the biggest fall. The latest figures from the local government peg the upcoming harvest at 3.168 million tonnes, while the orange harvest will be just 1.372 million tonnes, a fall of 14.4%. Mandarin production, meanwhile, will reach 1.572 million tonnes, declining 9% on 2010/11. As regards lemon and grapefruit, groves in the province of Alicante have shown an increase in volume for both fruits in 2011/12, by 23% (217 642 tonnes) and 24% (6 178 tonnes) respectively. The biggest fall by province can be seen in Valencia, down 12% (1.9 million tonnes), while Alicante will see production drop 3% (629 398 tonnes). Castellon expects its citrus production to slide 9% (607 736 tonnes).