The production of lemons in the world is growing. Data from the World Citrus Organization (WCO) show total production reached 6.468 million tonnes in 2020.
Producers from the EU countries in 2020 accounted for 28% of the total, or 1.87 million tons. They are ahead of Argentina (1.55 million tons), the United States (798 thousand tons) and Turkey (700 thousand tons).
Experts note that the coronavirus pandemic has increased consumer demand for lemon due to the high vitamin C content in the fruit.
At the same time, the World Citrus Organization notes that there has been a noticeable increase in the supply of Turkish lemons destined for the European Union, and which are rejected due to exceeding the maximum permissible content of pesticide residues. A record 18 games have been rejected since November 2020.
In addition, in August 2020, the European Commission banned imports of lemons from Argentina until April 2021 after discovering several batches of citrus black spots.
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In January 2020, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service released its January report on global citrus markets. It notes that consumption of lemons and limes in Russia is projected to grow compared to last year to 236 thousand tons in 2020/21. All this volume of fruit will be imported to Russia.