30 de September de 2021
INTERPROFESSIONAL LEMON and GRAPEFRUIT HARVEST 2021/2022
Spain will have a CROP of 1,035,000 tons of lemons and 85,000 tons of grapefruits.
SPAIN’S LEMON and GRAPEFRUIT will be sustainable, certified, quality, and local for the European consumer.
Spain will maintain its leading position in Europe with conventional and organic lemons, consolidating sustainable production, support for biodiversity and GLOBALGAP and GRASP certifications, offering the European market a local product. In parallel, Spain will continue to consolidate its position in Grapefruit.
Murcia, 30 September 2021
AILIMPO’s lemon crop estimate for the next 2021/2022 season, forecasts a production in Spain of 1,035,000 tons, which represents an overall decrease of 24% compared to the 2020/2021 season that closes with a record production of 1,370,000 tons according to the provisional balance. The decline is due to adverse weather conditions in 2021 with episodes of cold, wind and excessive rain that affected flowering and fruit set in some production areas. The decline will be particularly noticeable in the Verna variety. Spain will continue in 2021/2022 to be the world’s leading exporter of fresh lemons, and the second largest processor of lemons in juice, essential oil and dehydrated peel worldwide.
LEMON CROP IN SPAIN SEASON 2020/21 AND 2021/2022 FORECAST
AILIMPO’s grapefruit production estimate for the 2021/2022 season points to a forecast harvest in Spain of 85,543 tons, a 5% decrease compared to the previous season.
GRAPEFRUIT CROP IN SPAIN SEASON 2020/21 AND 2021/2022 FORECAST
Next Update: Ailimpo will update the harvest forecast, with an emphasis on the estimate of Verna lemon, on:
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