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Murcian citrus output

This 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.

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