After 20 years of negotiations, Argentina is about to start exporting lemons to China, as announced this week by the Argentine Northwest Citrus Association.

Shipments will begin this month, first a small volume and for next year they expect to grow in volume.
Argentina is the second lemon exporter in the world, after Spain. Depending on the quality of the product and the time of year, 75% of the production has an industrial destination, 8% goes to domestic consumption and 17% is exported as fresh fruit.

From the Argentine Northwest Citrus Association they indicated that the progress of the current harvest already exceeds 50%. The plantations are of optimum quality, but 30% less production is projected in the region as a consequence of climatic complications.

As reflected by the first estimates of the entity, which with 200 to 250 associates represents 95% of the production of the region, the milling of lemon for the 2019/20 season would be 1.1 million tons, a drop compared to example, from 2018, when 1.8 million tons were harvested, a record.

The estimated number for this campaign leaves production below the average that occurred between 2009 and 2017, which was 1.44 million tons (and close to the minimum of 953,000 in 2014), according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing of the Nation.