Brazil’s orange production expected to rise 12%, USDA says
The report notes that it is too early to predict the yield with certainty, but said that excellent second blossoming a good weather point to an increase. The total amount of land dedicated to citrus is expected to remain at around 800,000 hectares.
In MY 2010-11, 32,906 metric tons of oranges are expected to be exported, up from 24,022 MT in MY 2009-10.
Citrus greening testing showed that 38.8% of areas sampled have the disease, the report said. In 2010, 36,000 blocks were infected, up from 23,000 blocks in 2009.
Most of Brazil’s oranges are used internally or for juice.