Murcian citrus outputThis article was originally published in Foodnews
CITRUS producers in Spain's southeast Murcia region are expected to harvest 508 825 tonnes of citrus fruits this season, down 22% from the 654 986 tonnes harvested in 2008, according to a production forecast by the regional Council of Agriculture and Waters. Lemon production has suffered the most with output expected to be 284 000 tonnes, a 27.18% fall from last year's 390 000 tonne production. The forecast orange harvest of 151 225 tonnes is also 18.27% lower than in the 2008. Tangerine output is expected to be 51 200 tonnes, down 10.18% year-on-year. Finally, grapefruit producers in Murcia are expected to harvest 22 400 tonnes, just 2.44% less than the 22 960 tonnes that were picked in the previous season.