Southern Hemisphere to export more citrus in 2021
Southern Hemisphere countries are forecast to export more citrus during the 2021 season, with the soft citrus and lemon categories driving the growth.
Exports from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Africa, and Uruguay and set to grow by 13 percent to 3.8 million metric tons (MT), according to the World Citrus Organization (WCO), which recently held its first annual meeting online.
The estimate comes despite expectations of a smaller increase in the total crop, which is forecast to grow by 3 percent to 22.7 million MT.
The soft citrus showed the greatest increase in production, by 11 percent, with a significant increase in export volumes of over 20 percent to 1 million tonnes of export. Orange production remained broadly stable (+2 percent), whilst lemon (+2 percent) and grapefruit (+6 percent) showed greater increases.
Exports are also expected to increase for all varieties, orange (+12 percent), lemon (+7 percent) and grapefruit (+10 percent).
On the processing side, a total of 13.4 million tonnes of citrus are expected to be destined to the juice market, which constitutes a slight increase of 1 percent compared to the previous year.
The Southern Hemisphere today represents 27% of the global citrus market.
During WCO’s AGM, members also reviewed the past season’s results with a focus on the impact of the covid pandemic and analysed the estimations for the current season.
In addition, during the meeting, Natalia Santos, Deputy Secretary-General of WCO announced that members decided to set up a formal working group on health & nutrition.