Israel Citrus Annual 2009

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In 2009/10, total citrus production is forecast at about 627,000 tons, a 10 percent increase compared to the previous year. Out of the total production, approximately 183,000 tons (29 percent) is expected to be exported, 260,000 processed (42 percent), and the remainder consumed fresh. The expected increase is mainly due to increased yields of Or variety (easy peeler) and red grapefruit.

In 2008/9, despite the global economic recession combined with unfavorable exchange rates of the euro and U.S. dollar (mainly between September-December), and reduced imports of Israeli citrus from the Scandinavian countries, England and France, citrus exports increased 1 percent to 173,400 tons.

In August 2009, planted area totaled 17,724 ha, of which 14,748 ha (83 percent) were fruit-bearing. In 2008 and 2009, about 1,436 ha of fresh citrus were planted, mainly easy peelers (Or and Ora), red grapefruit (Star-Ruby and Rio-Red), and newhole (oranges). On the other hand, about 1,633 ha of citrus were uprooted in 2008 and 2009 mainly white grapefruit, sweetie, shamouti oranges, and pomelo (white & chandler) due to low profitability.

Gilad Shachar