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Larger citrus crop predicted in 2011
The Riverland is set to benefit from a larger citrus crop in 2011 according to the South Australian Citrus Industry Development Board.
Board chairman Peter Walker said the industry was looking forward to a more “normal” season in 2011, which would enable the industry to ensure reasonable supplies to all markets and improve employment in the region.
The navel crop is estimated to reach 80,000 tonnes in 2011, up from 55,000 tonnes in 2010. Winter navels for 2011 are estimated at 60,000 tonnes, and summer navels at 20,000 tonnes.
“We estimate close to average sizes for most varieties in 2011,” Mr Walker said. “This represents a return to more ‘normal’ conditions such as in 2009, when the navel crop was about 82,000 tonnes.”
The Board’s estimates committee anticipates one of the biggest mandarin crops in recent years, with 2011 expected to produce 25,000 tonnes up from 19,000 tonnes in 2010.
“Younger trees are coming into production, reflecting a move away from less desirable varieties among growers and increasing consumer demand for mandarins,” Mr Walker said.
“The 2011-12 valencia crop is expected to substantially improve this year. Our preliminary estimate is that the crop will be around 50,000 tonnes, up from 24,000 tonnes. We will have a more accurate closer to the beginning of the valencia season.”
Tangelos in 2011 were estimated at 6000 tonnes (up from 3800 in 2010), grapefruit 2000 tonnes (up from 1700) and lemons 6500 (up from 3300).
“This is good news for growers, packing sheds and the whole value chain,” Mr Walker said. “South Australian citrus is the best in the world, and a return to normal supply conditions enables us to ensure our brand stays strong in domestic and export markets.”
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