Croatian Mandarin Producers Face Serious Threat

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September 5, 2014

Croatian mandarin producers face a serious threat to their livelihood after the recent European ban on trade with Russia. Fully certified producers in the country are looking to sell their products on alternative markets. Russia has traditionally been a very important market for CRO mandarin, purchasing about 4 – 5000 tonnes per year. With harvest starting about 20 September, little time is being wasted to find alternative markets.

Zoran Krsnik, Chair of the CEI Wholesale Market Foundation, based in Croatia, informs that mandarin is the most important export fruit (citrus) for Croatia. It has been produced on the south of the Country (in Neretva Valley in Dubrovacko-neretvanska County), between the cities of Metkovic and Opuzen. In optimal seasons mandarin production varies between 70 - 80 thousand tonnes of first class product. Thanks to the very good weather conditions this year, and if the weather remains stable, growers can expect an excellent 2014 season with yield of around 80 000 tonnes.

The most common varieties of mandarin grown in the Neretva Valley are the Japanese early varieties: Okitsu, Ichimaru, Chahara, Kawano Wase, Kuno Seito and Saigon, while Clementine and other varieties are also produced and come on to the market a little later. Due to the geographical location of production, Croatian mandarin comes on the market a little earlier than the mandarin from competition countries. Harvest for certified exporting companies usually starts around 20 September and lasts until mid-December. These companies boast modern equipment in the production area and guarantee premium quality. The mandarin is treated with Imazalil or other eco wax, and packed in carton or wooden boxes by calibres, with a usual shelf life about three weeks after harvest.

For any further please contact Zoran Krsnik, HUK trade Ltd, Zagreb, Croatia. Tel: + 385 98 318815, e-mail:, Skype: zoran.krsnik