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Athens/Madrid — Citrus growers in Europe got an unexpected lift earlier in 2020 when people sought to boost their immune systems with vitamin C, but now even that coronavirus bright spot is fading.

Farmers in Spain, Italy and Greece were expecting to sell oranges for 20 US cents a kilogram at the start of 2020, but prices in some cases quadrupled due to pandemic-induced buying in the northern hemisphere spring. The latest rates for winter fruit are closer to seasonal norms, despite a resurgence of Covid-19 that’s far worse than the initial wave...

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