Fundecitrus provides detailed information about the citrus park

The mapping carried out by the Harvest Estimation Survey (PES) included satellite images of the entire citrus park and visits to all citrus plots to collect data

01.07.2022 | 14:00 (UTC -3)
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The mapping carried out by the Harvest Estimation Survey (PES) included satellite images of the entire citrus park and visits to all citrus plots to collect data. - Photo: CNA
The mapping carried out by the Harvest Estimation Survey (PES) included satellite images of the entire citrus park and visits to all citrus plots to collect data. - Photo: CNA

This year's Harvest Estimation Survey (PES) book is now available, with detailed information about the harvest and tree inventory.

The georeferenced mapping underwent a complete update in this 2022 inventory, based on a scan of the entire citrus belt with new satellite images and visits to all citrus properties to collect data on-site in the plots.

To carry out this work, 119 professionals were directly involved in the research; more than 916 thousand kilometers traveled; 336 municipalities with citrus-growing properties and 160 thousand square kilometers in continuous and orthorectified satellite images.

With the collaboration of Markestrat, FEA-RP/USP and FCAV/Unesp, Fundecitrus has been carrying out this study for eight years. Every year, thousands of field visits are carried out to measure productive trees and quantify fruit. These visits are part of the objective data collection methodology, which employs proportional random sampling, to guarantee impartiality and accuracy of the results.

"The information makes it possible to go far beyond the current harvest. With tree inventory data, it is possible to direct the radar beyond the short term, not out of interest in predicting the next harvests, but with the aim of understanding future changes and opportunities in citrus farming We want to help producers in this journey between the present and the future, so that they can act in the present, aiming for the desired future”, comments the executive coordinator of PES and partner at Markestrat, Vinícius Gustavo Trombin.

Orange orchards, including all varieties, cover 397.529 hectares. Although this new mapping reveals a decrease in the park of 16.824 hectares compared to the 2018 inventory, the data points to a more positive perspective, as it shows that the loss of area is significantly smaller than that seen between 2015 and 2018, when it reached 30.232 hectares .

Among the five sectors of the citrus belt, the Southwest is the only one that saw an increase in orange area, equivalent to 8.013 hectares or 10,85% when comparing the 2018 and 2022 inventories. The total number of trees increased by approximately 4,91. 2,52 million plants, equivalent to +XNUMX%, the result of the resumption of new plantings that occurred in recent years.

For the general manager of Fundecitrus, Juliano Ayres, the inventory information provides guidance for the citrus grower. He also highlights the importance of taking care of greening in the citrus belt. “The inventory, together with data from the greening survey, allows risk zoning to be established. With this, the citrus grower can adopt different management measures depending on the location of the property, in addition to helping to direct planting and mitigate risk. Information is like a lighthouse in citrus farming and is available to everyone. The success of the citrus grower is the fuel that powers Fundecitrus,” he states.

Check out the full material: 

https://www.fundecitrus.com.br/pdf/pes_relatorios/2022_07_01_Inventario-e-Estimativa-do-Cinturao-Citricola-2022-2023.pdf 

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