ANDALUCIA is set to pick a record amount of oranges this season.
At 1.7 million tons that’s a massive 13.5 per cent more than the average of the last four campaigns.
But the news is bittersweet as Andalucia’s Agriculture Minister Clara Aguilera has highlighted severe problems in the orange sector as although yield has increased, prices have gone down.
Aguilera criticised citrus body Intercitrus, saying it is doing ‘virtually nothing’ to promote oranges.
Sevilla is still the highest orange-producing region in Spain, closely followed by Huelva where production increase is due in part to farmers’ commitment to creating new varieties of tangerine.