campaña citrícola 2023_24

Citrus season 2023/2024 sees lowest volume in 11 years

The 2023/2024 citrus season has come to an end with mixed figures. On the one hand, the lowest crop in the last 11 years has been recorded, with a total volume of 5.73 million tonnes. This decrease is mainly due to the drought and extreme weather conditions that have affected the main producing areas, such as Andalusia and the Valencian Community.

Oranges were the most affected citrus fruit in this year's citrus season.

With a 10.6% reduction in production compared to the previous season. Mandarins have also experienced a significant drop of 15%. On the other hand, lemon and grapefruit have recorded record harvests.

In spite of the lower production, the prices received by growers have generally been positive, especially in the first part of the season. This has allowed the trade balance of the Spanish citrus sector to remain positive, reaching 2,509 million euros. Spain continues to be the world's leading fresh citrus fruit trader, with a 25% share of the market.

In terms of exports

They have decreased by 3.1% in volume compared to the previous season, but have increased by 1.6% in value. Imports, on the other hand, have grown slightly in both volume and value.

The 2023/2024 citrus season has been a year of contrasts.

Drought and adverse weather conditions have weighed down production, but prices and the trade balance have been positive. The Spanish citrus sector continues to be an important driver of the Spanish economy and is expected to remain so in the coming years.

The Spanish citrus sector faces a number of challenges in the future.

Such as competition from other producing countries, price volatility and climate change. However, the sector also has important strengths, such as the quality of its products, the experience of its producers and Spain's leading position in the international market.

It is important that the Spanish citrus sector continues to innovate and adapt to new conditions in order to remain competitive in the global market. Investment in research and development, the promotion of Spanish citrus products in international markets and the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices are some of the key factors that will allow the sector to continue to grow in the future.