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Bigger valencia crop than estimated but... lower prices
A larger than anticipated South Australian valencia crop represents yet another marketing challenge for the industry according to the SA Citrus Industry Development Board.
Chief executive officer Andrew Green said citrus industry stakeholders would need to work closely together to ensure the successful marketing of 60,000 tonnes of valencias.
"The valencia crop for this year is similar to the one in 2009-10 however fruit size, while highly variable, is slightly bigger than the historical average," Mr Green said.
"Better water availability will give growers the opportunity to improve fruit size for their markets, while the recent fall in the Australian dollar and the late navel season in the United States will help to improve export potential."
Mr Green said that while the valencia estimate had risen from 50,000 to 60,000 tonnes, the total navel crop estimate was left unchanged with winter navels at 60,000 tonnes and summer navels at 25,000 tonnes.
"South Australia has harvested just over 58,000 tonnes of winter navels to date, and just under 13,000 tonnes of summer navels," he said. "Only 12,000 tonnes of summer navels are left."
"The response from growers and other industry sectors has been phenomenal," he said.
Growers have experienced low prices during the navel season and the trend is likely to continue in the valencia season.
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