“Since last Monday, people have been rushing to buy citrus fruit because of the coronavirus. The demand is especially high for grapefruit, lemons, and oranges,” explains Xavier Rosario of Louis Rosario. The demand is increasing in all markets. For the coming days, the company is expecting a decrease in the available volumes.
A heavy cold front hit Turkey with snow and temperatures dropping to -15°C in some parts of the country. Fruit and vegetable crops were affected, particularly citrus groves in the Adana region, the leading citrus fruit producer in Turkey, boasting around 30 thousand hectares destined to the cultivation of oranges, lemons, and tangerines.
Road AP-7 between the Catalan towns of Figueres and La Jonquera, in the province of Girona, has reopened after being cut for 12 hours. This is also the case of the A-23 between Teruel and Zaragoza. According to the Servei Català de Trànsit (SCT) and Abertis, "traffic has been restored and is back to normal," also in a section of the N-II national road in the province of Gerona where numerous traffic jams were reported due to snow and rains.
"Two serious viral diseases are affecting Turkey's citrus cultivation and threatening all the Mediterranean countries". This was reported by Antonino Catara, former president of the International Organisation of Citrus Virologists. "One of the two diseases - continued the scientist - is the Citrus Chlorotic Dwarf CCD, which mainly affects lemon and grapefruit plants, but also marginally mandarin and clementine plants.
"Our company, which covers 35 hectares, 30 of which are used for the cultivation of citrus fruits, is located between the areas of Lentini and Carlentini in the province of Syracuse, in eastern Sicily. These are two areas suitable respectively for early and medium-late crops, and particularly suitable for citrus production.
Although the climate change in the current era is creating new opportunities for Sicilian producers regarding the cultivation of crops, the weather is also causing them some difficulties. The excess sunshine and lack of rainfall is particularly noticeable in the citrus sector. "Increased volumes from Sicily are one month late this year.
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