The Egyptian citrus season is now in full swing and although a record season is not likely, signs are looking good for a strong crop.
According to a season update from Vanguard, the weather has determined the fortunes of growers since the season began in mid-November 2021.
“Weather has affected growers differently depending which area their crops are in. Certain citrus growers in the region are noting an increase in volume between 15 and 25 per cent while others are recording a reduction of up to 40 per cent,” said Vanguard.
“This season’s Egyptian citrus crops are estimated to come in with a decrease of 30 per cent compared to last year, although this is a very general look at the total crop and the situation will likely be very different depending on the grower and in which region they are in.
“A smaller crop is synonymous with early timing and bigger fruit which is typical of the Egyptian crop this year (we are seeing particularly large sizes on navel types).”
Navel and Valencia oranges account for 80 per cent of Egypt’s citrus export and excellent conditions last season saw Egypt become the top orange supplier to the EU, a position it is expected to retain this season. Industry development is also set to help Egyptian citrus diversify into more markets.
“Investment in new plantings and improved infrastructure in all aspects of citrus production, from irrigation to packaging, is starting to show its benefits and will aid in offsetting weather challenges affecting crop volumes,” said Vanguard.
“Egypt also managed to open new markets including New Zealand, Brazil, and Japan to help move the continuing volume growth.”