Juicing varieties of citrus will be in focus at the upcoming 2018 Citrus Juice Forum in the Riverina.
Run by Citrus Australia, the Forum will be held on Tuesday, 1 May at The MIA Club, Leeton, NSW.
In the past two seasons, growers have received a bigger return for juice varieties including Valencia oranges. This forum will help growers understand this price rise and evaluate whether they should plant juice varieties.
Citrus Australia Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Hancock, said this recent increase came after many years of lower returns for juice varieties compared to fresh market citrus, which had been buoyed by unprecedented demand from Asia.
In the past decades, more navel oranges and mandarin types have been planted at the expense of juicing varieties, especially Valencia oranges. Currently 60 per cent of citrus orchards planted to juicing varieties in Australia are older than 21 years.
“In this forum we will explore the reasons behind the increase and provide context for growers to determine if investing in juice varieties makes sense in the long term,” Nathan said.
“We will discuss the decline of Florida and Brazil as world export markets; the impact of increasing price on the Australian consumer and; the potential for developing export markets for Australian premium juice.”
Among the speakers will be Citrus Australia team members, who will update attendees on Australian production, consumption and potential exports of citrus juice. Other speakers will talk about crop management measures for success.
Presenters from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will give the latest on new variety developments of Valencia types and advances in rootstocks. Attendees are invited to see this research first-hand, with a field walk at the trial site.
NSW DPI Citrus Development Officer Steven Falivene will also provide a cost benefit analysis of fresh versus juice varieties.