29 de septiembre de 2017

Ailimpo confirms a lemon crop in Spain of 1,115,000 tonnes for the 2017/2018 season

Spain strengthens its position as lead supplier in the EU for quantity, quality, and safety of lemons.

AILIMPO’s lemon harvest estimate (forecast) for the 2017/2018 season confirms a harvest of 1,115,000 tonnes in Spain, a decrease of 3.7% with regard to the production figure for the 2016/2017 season, which ended on 31 August, with 1,157,800 tonnes.

Regarding varieties of lemon, an increase of 12% is expected for FINO lemon, with a total expected harvest of 907,000 tonnes. The increase in FINO lemon is due to new plantations entering into production. The VERNA variety, however, has an estimated decrease of 40%, due to high temperatures that affected flowering in May and June, with an expected production of 208,000 tonnes. Nevertheless, there has been significant flowering in September in late-blossoming crops, and the volume available for harvest in the summer months will be quantified in Ailimpo’s next forecast report.

Start of the Spanish season

The FINO lemon season started the last week of September with harvest and export activity developing gradually during October. The water and the weather in the coming weeks will cause the supply to have a limited availability of commercial size lemon in the coming weeks of the season.

With these figures for the 2017/2018 season, Spain will continue to strengthen its commercial position in the EU with a market share of over 80%, where it has an unquestionable leadership in high-quality lemon, health guarantee, and excellent service.

 General Outlook

The overall figure of lemon production in Spain of over one million tonnes will allow the sector to continue reinforcing its export volume to EU markets this season. It will also allow for satisfying growing demand from the domestic market and reintroducing exports to overseas markets outside of the EU, such as the Middle East, Canada, and Brazil, increasing the diversification of markets started by the export sector years ago.

Moreover, this harvest volume may allow for normal activity in the processing of lemon, in which Spain ranks 2nd in the world, and which plays a key role in regulating supply and market balance.

The fulfilment of field notebooks by growers, accreditation by the GlobalGAP and GRASP certificates, the involvement of the sector in sustainability programmes, and the use of standardised contracts from the Ministry of Agriculture that fulfil Act 12/2013, on measures for improving the operation of the food supply chain, will be some of the essential elements of this season.


Next Update: Ailimpo will update the harvest forecast, with an emphasis on the estimate of Verna lemon, on:

  • Thursday, 25 January, 2018

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