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Apr 18, 2018

Citrus Greening Takes Toll on Industry

Citrus production will see a sharp decline of almost seven hundred thousand boxes of oranges this year, down from three point two million in 2017.  That downturn is being attributed to HLB, or citrus greening, disease.  While production of grapefruit goes up, there are concerns that both fruits are being sold across the border to Guatemala.  According to C.E.O. Henry Anderson, there is a method being used to manage the spread of the insect which spreads HLB.

 

Henry Anderson

Henry Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, CGA

“As you know, Isani, from, I guess, back in 2009 we found Huanglongbing, HLB, in the industry and it has been a challenge in terms of how to manage and adopt and change the way we grow citrus, to manage that situation.  As we speak, the production for this year, or I should say, the fruits delivered to the factory, we expect about two point five million oranges and two hundred thousand grapefruits.  In the case of grapefruits that’s an increase over last year, however, in the case of oranges that’s a decrease.  We did about three point two million oranges last year.  Notice I said in terms of the amount boxes delivered to the factory because we believe there are two, or several factors affecting it: leakage, fresh fruits being ship to Guatemala and also we think the production declined for this year with the orange.  The orange is an alternate bearing crop so two years you will get high, then one down, then two up.  However, it’s a troubling thing, in the sense that it shows that we need to do more, faster and quicker, to be able to get the trees in the ground.  We are dealing with a disease that gets the trees sick and there’s a four-pronged approach to managing it.  My colleague Ms. Manzanero will discuss that so it’s not impossible by any means.  It’s just something that requires science and discipline.  In the case of grapefruit, for example, which is more difficult to grow with HLB than oranges.  We have had quite a bit of the grapefruit acreages taken out, probably about six to seven hundred acres that are taken out over the last year, old trees, older than you and I put together, and you could probably add some to that.  Farmers are getting ready to replant, but for the grapefruits that stayed behind, with the proper management the production should go up by probably five percent or so.”

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1 Response for “Citrus Greening Takes Toll on Industry”

  1. Dirk says:

    With nincopoops like u henry anderson citrus will be declining and also the cga will be shutting its door pretty soon cause u have caused alot of damage to the cga so i would like all to know that the growers is asking u to resign before u are oust in live television cause u are unfit to be run the affairs of growers…..RESIGN

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