Production of Oranges

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Oranges are by far the most widely produced citrus, representing 66 percent of total production, 51.5 million tons in 1994-5. Although this percentage is down from 75 percent a decade ago, production has increased in this period from 44.5 million tonnes. This additional 7 million tons of orange production is expected to be further increased at an annual rate of 2 percent in the period before 2005, when the orange production in the world is expected to exceed 62.5 million tons.

Production of Oranges
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More recently, Brazil's orange crop has exceeded 16.9 million tonnes, which is about 30 percent of global output, compared with a third of a decade ago, but when combined with the 10.5 million tons of U.S. production year, you can see that these two major orange producing countries account for nearly half the world's orange production.

In the Mediterranean region, Italy and Spain have a significant production of orange with 1.8 million and 2.8 million tonnes respectively. The varieties grown by both industries are mainly for the consumption of fresh fruit. However, while Spain has developed navel oranges and other popular varieties, crops Italy consist largely of inferior varieties, where there is a low demand day to day outside Italy. Consequently, much of the production of oranges from Italy has to be processed or sold in the European Union or destroyed, less than 7 percent or 125,000 tons are exported fresh. Spain meanwhile continues to enjoy a thriving export trade in orange varieties of high quality for a total of over 1.3 million tons per year.

The orange crop in China has been relatively small, as the mandarins have been prioritized and preferred in production, but with the policy changes in the past two decades, the production of oranges has increased from an estimated 0.35 million tonnes in 1975 to 1,630,000 tonnes in 1995 (2.77 million tons in 1997) and 4.3 million as a larger crop in 2005. Most of the orange crop in China will remain sold fresh for local consumption.

Most other major crops of orange-producing countries such as Mexico, Egypt, Iran, India and Pakistan is defined by fresh selling in the domestic market.

We end this article, and we hope to have aroused the curiosity about this fruit and its benefits to incorporating it into our daily dining. read about another interesting fruit - Thai durian fruit


Errol, blog contributor -Things I Dig (www.thingsidigg.com)

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