30 de enero de 2020
3rd AILIMPO Forecast Report Season 2019/2020
The production of VERNA lemon is estimated at 290,000 tonnes
Murcia, 30th January 2020
AILIMPO’s 3rd lemon crop estimate for the 2019/2020 season updates the figures published in September and forecasts a total production of 1,020,000 tonnes, which represents a 22% reduction on the previous season’s 18/19 total crop which reached the record figure of 1,300,000 tonnes.
It is expected that demand will be activated for Fino lemons from February onwards.
For the Verna variety, Spain is returning to production levels similar to those of 2017, with a total harvest forecast of 290,000 tonnes, which will allow it to consolidate its position as a leading supplier in Europe for conventional and organic fruit in the months of April, May and June, with quality, sustainable and excellent service lemons.
Note on Methodology: Ailimpo drew up this technical report following the working protocol, using information provided by surveys given to producers, cooperatives, exporters, and processing industries, in addition to field information from its control farms.
Ailimpo is a national inter-professional association, based in Murcia, officially recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and the European Commission, which represents the economic interests of producers, cooperatives, exporters, and lemon and grapefruit industries in Spain, a sector in which Spain is the world leader for fresh product and 2nd in the ranking of processing countries, with a turnover of €700 million per year, generating 20,000 direct jobs, and a turnover of over €250 million in related industries.
The lemon sector contributes to environmental sustainability, with a positive net balance of 304,840 tonnes of CO2 captured per year.
By law, its functions include: Ensuring the proper operation of the food supply chain, Drawing up agri-food contracts and developing methods for monitoring and streamlining the use of phytosanitary products to guarantee the quality of the products and the protection of the environment, and Boosting and promoting quality and excellence standards in the sector