RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Orange harvesting has begun in the main producing areas in Brazil. The climate helped, and the production of fruit should be 36 percent higher in São Paulo and Minas Gerais, the leading states in the sector.
More than 388 million boxes are expected to be delivered this harvest, 21 percent more than the average for the last ten years. A significant factor behind this great harvest was the control of citrus greening (HLB) disease.
"Eighty percent of orchards were renovated, and there was also greater control of diseases and pests, says Vinícius Trombin, research . . .