ORANGE HARVESTS in the Algarve will be of a lower quality than last year, says the citrus producer organisation, Cacial.
This is due to two factors. Planting began on October 1, but prolonged heat throughout the month meant that insects, which usually disappear with the onset of winter, continued to feed off the fruit.
And November brought three weeks of heavy rain and high humidity, which reduced the resistance of the oranges and their potential sustainability after they are picked.
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