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Florida citrus prices rising post-Irma

Posted at 11:29 AM, Oct 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 07:51:20-04

According to Sun Harvest citrus market in Fort Myers, about 70 percent of citrus groves in Florida were destroyed after hurricane Irma, which means this shortage of fruit will cause juice prices to increase.

Kenny Howell, the Marketing Coordinator at Sun Harvest, said "A lot of groves are going to be shut down. They're not going to produce what they produced last year so there will be a shortage so prices are going to go up."

He says Sun Harvest lost about 30 percent of their citrus, but their prices will not be affected.

"It could be long lasting. It could go into next year depending on how many trees were uprooted," Howell said.

Governor Rick Scott activated a $25 million Florida Citrus Emergency loan program for citrus growers that were devastated by the storm.

The applications will be open through November 30, 2017.