14th February 2017

Excessive water content dilutes Brazil’s orange crop.

BRAZIL: For the second season running, Brazil, the world’s biggest exporter of orange-juice, continues to produce oranges containing high amounts of water.

In response to the problems caused by citrus greening disease, farmers are increasingly growing the fruit in different ways and locations – in “colder areas or in places that require irrigation,” comments Juliano Ayres at Fundecitrus, which has “resulted in bigger fruit, with more water inside.”

Brazilian companies crushed 288.93 boxes of oranges to produce 1 ton of juice in the season that started in July, while the historical average is 250 boxes. “We believe that 275 boxes per ton will be the new average from now,” CitrusBR Executive Director Ibiapaba  Netto said.

Source: Bloomberg

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