In the first ten months of the year orange exports were up 35% in value and 54% in volume compared to the same period in 2015.
The improved results, thanks to better crop productivity, have created an opportunity to increase export sales of this fruit in larger markets, for which reason it is important to continue preparing and incorporating technology and facilities in the sector.
The projected 16% drop in orange production in the state of Florida in the 2015-16 season will drive up the international price of fruit concentrate.
The Department of Agriculture reported that orangeproduction in Florida will be reduced by up to 90 million cases in the 2015-2016 season, 16% less than in the previous season, when 96.8 million cases were produced.
This year 18 different species of citrus fruit came into the country from Uruguay among them oranges, tangerines, lemons, grapefruit and different hybrids for fresh consumption.
From a statement issued by the State Phytosanitary Service in Costa Rica:
The State Phytosanitary Service (SFE), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), conducted a Risk Analysis for Pests (ARP by its initials in Spanish) for opening the market to citrus fruits from Uruguay and will soon finalize the corresponding notifications to allow import of a variety of these fruits into the country.
Panama Fruit has announced the beginning of operations of its new storage and processing plant for pineapple and orange juice, located in the province of Cocle.
Panama Fruit explained that in the plant they will be processing pineapples and fruit that farmers can not sell in the local or international market. The president of the Panamanian company, Pedro Fabrega said that fruit which is not sold on the market due to "lack of color or size", will be used to make juices.
A new technology has been developed which reduces the moisture emitted by fruits and vegetables when processing dry products.
From a press release issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office:
Taura Natural Ingredients, a company which is a world leader in concentrated fruit products, has developed a series of products such as fruit pieces, flakes and pastes using Ultra Rapid Concentration (URC ®). The URC ® technology concentrates fruit purees and mixtures below 10% humidity in less than 60 seconds. This process allows Taura to control water activity in the final ingredient.
The decline in the U.S. supply caused by the effects of a pest in plantations in Florida, creates opportunities for Central American producers.
An attack of the yellow dragon disease in plantations in the state of Florida, the second largest supplier of orange juice, caused a decrease in supply resulting in a price increase. While last December the product was trading on the U.S stock market for $1.35 per pound of solids up until last Monday was the price stood at $1.47.
During the 2012 harvest some 280 thousand metric tons were collected, 75% more than the 2011 harvest.
These figures were provided by the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG).
Improved agronomic management and the decision by the producers to diversify into other crops, have been some of the reasons for the growth. The country has used new genetic materials that have allowed some five thousand producers to double the number of trees per hectare, going from 400-800 trees.
About 100 thousand plants in the citrus departments north and east of the country have been destroyed by the yellow leaf virus.
Prensalibre.com reports: "Honduras' citrus production covers about 23,000 hectares, of which about 19,500 are oranges, 1.100 lemons and 500 grapefruit in commercial plantations, while the rest are crops in family estates".
On May 30 a workshop will be held in Guatemala on the importance of production of certified citrus plants in protected nurseries.
From a press release by the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT):
This and other topics will be given in the seminar-workshop entitled "The importance of production of certified citrus plants in protected nurseries", which is being organized by the Citrus committee at AGEXPORT. This seminar-workshop, which will be held, on Thursday May 30, 2013 in AGEXPORT, is being held with the aim of establishing certified material from protected nurseriesto, so as to produce healthy citrus to market nationally and internationally.