Argentina Citrus Annual 2009
Post forecasts a decrease in fresh lemon production for CY 2010 to 1 million MT due to a severe drought and late frosts. Fresh orange production is expected to increase to 840,000 MT, and fresh tangerine production is estimated to rebound to 370,000 MT, as a result of good weather conditions. Fresh grapefruit production is projected to decrease slightly to 225,000 MT, as area planted to grapefruit is decreasing.
Domestic consumption in CY 2010 is forecast to remain stable for lemons, oranges, and grapefruit, and increase for tangerines. Lemon and orange exports are estimated to increase due to the recovery of export markets, and tangerine and grapefruit exports are expected to remain stable.