Chile’s first 2017 shipment of clementines to the U.S. departed from the port of Valparaiso during Week 15, a week earlier than the previous season. This serves as the official start of the Chilean Citrus season, which runs through October
International demand has seen Australian lemon sales increase from just under $1 million in 2012 to $8.5 million in 2016.
Earlier this year, the California Department of Food and Agriculture mailed letters to about 6,000 citrus farmers, trucking companies and others involved in shipping commercial citrus, informing them of new rules about transporting the fruit.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to extend the ban on the entry of lemons from Tucuman for another 30 days, official sources confirmed today.
It is known as greening and is a lethal bacterium for citrus. It is transmitted by an insect whose presence has already been detected in Spain, in particular in Galicia, but also in Portugal.