1 Sep 2011

Citrus growers to discuss supply and profitability

5:43 am on 1 September 2011

Oversupply of mandarins will be discussed when citrus growers gather in Gisborne on Wednesday for their annual conference.

Chairman Rick Curtis says an oversupply of mandarins on the domestic market this year has meant profitability is an issue for many growers.

But he says the year's been much more positive for other citrus producers.

Mr Curtis says lemons, which are harvested all year around, have had a pretty good season, particularly considering the exchange rate.

He says some fruit's been sold in Japan and good volumes of lemons are being exported to Australia.

Mr Curtis says oranges have done well this season, particularly given that they have been under a lot of price pressure from Australian oranges.

He says Australia has had a very big crop of relatively small fruit, with very poor export prospects in the United States because of the exchange rate, so domestic growers have done very well to achieve the sales they have.

Mr Curtis says a feature of the conference will be a discussion on how to either increase sales of satsuma mandarins in New Zealand, or reduce production.