Favorable weather and better yields have made for sunny outlooks on the 2013-2014 Chinese citrus season. With more anticipated volume, prices could be lower than in the previous season…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Dec 2013

Key point

  • According to the article, for the 2013-2014 production season, China could produce 17.8 million MTs of mandarins/tangerines, 7.6 million MTs of oranges, and 3.8 million MTs of grapefruit/pomelos.

ChinaAg Comments

  • Citrus is a major cash crop in southern China, with production scattered along and south of the Yangtze River valley. Approximately 80% of the citrus fruits in China mature from late October to the end of December. In 2011, Hunan province produced 4.2 million MTs of citrus or approximately 14% of China’s total citrus output. Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces produced 3.7 million MTs (13% of China’s output) and 3.5 million MTs (12% of China’s output), respectively. Other regional citrus producers of note include Guangxi (3.5 million MTs or 12%), Hubei (3.3 million MTs or 11%), Sichuan (3.1 million MTs or 11%), and Fujian (3 million MTs or 10%).
  • Mandarins are the most popular citrus in China, with roughly double the output of oranges. However, mandarins have shown the slowest relative growth rate, increasing only 88% (6.7 million MTs to 12.7 million MTs) over the 2000 to 2011 period. Orange output has increased 426% from 1.1 million MTs to 6.2 million MTs. Grapefruit (incl. Pomelos) have shown the strongest relative growth rate, increasing from 268,000 MTs to 3.6 million MTs over the same period.

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