Israeli growers are expecting crops of oranges, grapefruit and easy peelers to increase by a total of about 600,000 tonnes this season, said Mena Davidson, general manager of the Citrus Marketing Board of Israel.
This should bring total exports to a minimum of 160,000 tonnes, a figure that contrasts sharply with 2000-2001 when exports were nearer 132,000 tonnes. The shortage was caused by labour and drought which forced more fruit into processing.
The key volumes will be coming through Medhadrin Tnuport Export which has forecast 100,000 tonnes, and Agrexco should reach 240,000 tonnes.