Citrus fruit producers in trouble

Increased production of citrus fruit and a drop in consumption are forcing producers to lower prices, thereby facing difficulties in covering costs.

According to producers, winter sales will not be positive, they say, because of decreased consumption.

The manager of fruit production company Frusoal, which employs around 100 staff, told Lusa news agency: “The reduction in consumption has brought down the price of citrus fruits, putting them at the level of those in 2008/09 winter season sales, which were disastrous. We had to sell one kilogramme of fruit for less than 15 cents.”

According to another company, who produces between 22,000 and 26,000 tonnes a year, the prices currently charged “do not allow us to bear the cost of transport between Portugal and Valencia, Spain, and to export to countries in central Europe”.