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Citrus production down by more than 30% in Morocco

World citrus production fell by 7.8 million tonnes.

During the 2019/20 season, the citrus harvest of the various producing countries including Morocco, decreased by 7.8 million tonnes compared to the previous one and amounted to 46.1 million tonnes, from after data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Heat and below-average precipitation in Brazil caused the citrus harvest to drop 19% from last season to 15.6 million tonnes. Mexican growers lost nearly half of their crops and the 2019/20 season production was only 2.5 million tonnes. The persistent drought affected oranges much more than other crops, as older plantations require more water.

Production in Morocco fell by a third to 806,000 tonnes due to drought in the 2019/2020 crop year. As a result, the number of citrus fruits supplied to the fresh market, for export and for processing will decrease.

Egypt lost 17% of its citrus harvest due to drought and high winds. Thus, the volume of the harvest in the country is estimated at 3 million tons. Exports will decrease by 200,000 tonnes to 1.5 million tonnes.

Harvests in European countries are expected to drop 9% to 6.2 million tonnes, affecting the fresh market, export volumes and processing.

Turkey’s citrus harvest was 11% lower at 1.7 million tonnes due to heat waves during the flowering period.

Due to the optimal weather conditions, South African production will remain unchanged at 1.6 million tonnes and that of China is expected to reach 7 million tonnes.

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