Monthly Archives: July 2016

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Going green a necessity for fruit farmers

By | July 28th, 2016|SA Industry News|

The South African fruit sector needs to go green writes Engela Duvenage in SAFJ. The Western Cape government wants to cut its dependence on Eskom power by 10 percent by 2019 and the local fruit industry is a crucial partner in meeting this target. This is the message from Dr Ilse Trautmann, chief director: research and technology development [...]

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New UK legislation on tackling slavery

By | July 28th, 2016|SA Industry News|

Many South African growers supply citrus, pome fruit and grapes to UK retail members of the Ethical Trading Initiative, an organisation that supports companies to improve working conditions in their supply chains. The ETI is advising South African exporters that UK buyers will expect their local contacts to ensure there's no forced labour on their farms. [...]

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UK lemon market grows by £14 million

By | July 26th, 2016|Global Industry News|

Thanks predominantly to shoppers buying them more often, retail sales of lemons in the UK are up 13.6% on last year to 47,000 tons. Kantar Worldpanel data also shows that the 5.3% rise in the frequency of lemon purchases helped push up the lemon spend to a total of £87.6 million for the 52 weeks [...]

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Grapefruit could help fight Zika virus

By | July 26th, 2016|Global Industry News|

An ingredient found in grapefruit and certain other plants has shown early promise in repelling the mosquitoes that transmit Zika and other viruses. This means that a good repellent against Zika-carrying mosquitoes could be found in the produce section of your grocery story. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease has announced it will [...]

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Growers learn about Diaprepes root weevil control

By | July 5th, 2016|Global Industry News|

University of Florida professor Larry Duncan presented the latest research on using entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) to control Diaprepes root weevil (DRW) in citrus to approximately 30 growers on June 30 at the Hardee County Extension Service office in Wauchula. The combination of HLB with DRW intrusion has created a situation that will accelerate the destruction [...]

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Good times for citrus industry

By | July 5th, 2016|SA Industry News|

The  Eastern Cape citrus industry is enjoying a fruitful period, and will continue to do so if South Africa maintains its competitive edge. But an analyst and industry figures have warned that there are long-term challenges ahead as several countries around the world, such as Spain, are hoping to move into the export citrus market [...]

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