Bloom and gloom in citrus market as pandemic plays havoc with exports

By Hari Yellina
Photo by Jo Hilton on Unsplash

The pandemic is peeling away at the profits of citrus growers. For one, due to the shortage of labour and production, the exports have been severely hampered.

As of 2020, the total export volume of citrus fruits from Australia has been estimated at 96,866 tonnes. Certainly a dip from the 109,325 tonnes that were exported from January to July in 2018. Additionally, in 2018, Australia exported 100,969 tonnes of citrus fruit to the rest of the world. Moreover, if the total export values are taken into consideration, then in 2019, Australia had reached its peak when it comes to profits.

In 2019, Australia exported around $205,233,982 worth of citrus fruits. However, Australia reached an all-time low in 2020 as it was only able to export $177,593,257 worth of goods.

If the facts and figures are segmented for citrus exports, oranges show up as the forerunners when compared to mandarins and other citrus fruits. In 2018, for instance, Australia exported around 71,034 tonnes of oranges whereas only 28,059 tonnes of mandarins were sent across the world. Furthermore, the total export value of oranges in 2019 was measured at $122,646,587. However, the total cost of mandarins in 2018 was $64,377,727. Also, if the figures for 2020 are considered, the export value for oranges stood at $115,221,895. On the other hand, the value of mandarins was estimated at $56,788,526.

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Citrus is a term that aptly describes those fruits which originated in the world’s tropical and subtropical regions. Some of the most popular citrus fruits are oranges, mandarins, grapefruits and lemons. Australia’s citrus-growing industry is located predominantly along Murrumbidgee and the Murray Rivers. In fact, 90% of all the plantings are situated in the Sunraysia and Riverina regions and also areas of Queensland.

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