Friday, February 3, 2023

Orange production down 36% in Florida

Search.- The US Department of Agriculture decreased its previous estimate for the orange crop by 36% Florida for the 2022–23 season, due to Hurricanes Ian and Nicole affecting growing regions.

New estimates published this Friday, December 9, indicate that approximately 18 million boxes of oranges will be produced. In other words, 10 million fewer than last October’s forecast, when the impact of the storm was not taken into account.

Compared to last season, the current figure shows a 56% drop in citrus production in Florida. Cuts of 200,000 boxes of grapefruit and 100,000 fewer boxes of mandarin are also expected in October compared to estimates.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said hurricane Ian, which hit Florida last September, damaged about 152,000 hectares of citrus. Some of those areas were affected by Hurricane Nicole later in November.

For consumers, the decline in citrus production translates into an increase in the price of orange juice, the main product made from citrus in Florida.

According to a report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, cited by Associated Press, juice and soft drinks currently cost 57% more than they did in 1997.

With this scenario, it is likely that food producing companies will have to import oranges from countries like Brazil and Turkey, pointed out the report.

The 2022–2023 season will be one of the shortest since World War II. The 2021-2022 crop yielded 41 million boxes of oranges, compared to about 67 million boxes in the previous season.

cmendez@diariolasamericas.com
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