Argentina: Citrus Annual
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For MY 2021/22, Post forecasts fresh lemon production at 1.65 MMT (million metric tons), as orchards recover from an unusually heavy blossom season in MY 2020/21. Fresh orange production is projected to increase to 800,000 MT, and fresh tangerine production is expected to decrease to 370,000 MT. Recent weather conditions for both sweet citrus fruit have been relatively favorable so far allowing trees to recuperate from a stressful period characterized by drought followed by heavy rains. Lemon exports are projected to fall to 230,000 MT due to smaller production, and sweet citrus exports are expected to increase slightly to 55,000 MT for tangerines and remain stable at 85,000 MT for oranges. The COVID-19 pandemic has not had a major impact on the activity of the Argentine citrus industry.