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CUTRALE STRENGTHENS AS PROXY WAR HEATS UP OVER CHIQUITA : Brazilian citrus output higher than forecast

Orange growers in São Paulo state will harvest 295.11 million boxes of oranges in the current production season, up by 3.1% on the 286.34 mln boxes harvested in the previous season, according to a survey published by São Paulo’s Agricultural Economics Institute (IEA) and the state’s Coordination of Integrated Technical Assistance (CATI) on August 8.

By Vladimir Pekic

Published: 18 August 2014 12:46 PM

This new forecast for the current season is also higher than the 289.60 mln boxes that IEA predicted in June.

The institute expects that orange yields will amount to 26,654 kilos per hectare this season (equivalent to 1.8 boxes per tree or 653 boxes per ha), up 5.9% from the 25,178 kg per ha recorded last year. 

Better yields are partly being attributed to “an abundant flowering season in late 2013,” said the IEA.

“In terms of the planted acreage, the latest survey shows a reduction in the acreage compared to the previous season. The total acreage is 3.3% lower ... and it amounts to 487,100 ha.”

The latest IEA production volume forecast, based on data collected from all 645 state municipalities, includes commercial production of oranges, as well as fruit volumes from groves that are not commercially significant and fruit losses.

 New treesBearing treesProduction (boxes)      
Baixada Santista-1,1002,200      
Presidente Prudente5,00018,20039,465      
Ribeirão Preto158,6482,855,1365,708,174      
São José do Rio Preto3,969,46219,660,80837,123,066      
São José dos Campos-55,880111,290      
São Paulo-4,00010,500      
Source: IEA, CATI

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