Monthly Archives: September 2017

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R100m investment saves SA citrus producer

By | September 30th, 2017|SA Industry News|

The Limpopo farm in South Africa was once one of the biggest citrus producers in the southern hemisphere. A cash injection of US $7,402,427 from a Russian investor has helped to rescue a disastrous land restitution venture from collapse, saving hundreds of jobs and providing a financial lifeline to a poor community. The growing success [...]

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Edible temperature sensor for fruit shipments

By | September 30th, 2017|Global Industry News|

Making sure fresh food is kept at the right temperature during transit is a harder problem than one might think — but the Swiss are on the job. A research team has created a biodegradable temperature sensor that sticks to food all the way from its starting point to the inside of your mouth. The [...]

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New Sunkist Delite™ California mandarins

By | September 30th, 2017|Global Industry News|

Sunkist Growers will begin shipping Sunkist Delite™ California mandarins in early November, kicking off the 2017-18 citrus season with increased volumes and a fresh take on the organization’s mandarin program. Sunkist’s mandarin program now leverages the Delite name, the original California mandarin brand, created by the first family to grow and market Murcott mandarins in [...]

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New method of planting citrus orchards

By | September 30th, 2017|Global Industry News|

Since 2009, studies found that all it took to stop the pest was a layer of plastic mesh over the soil beneath the tree, according to lead scientist Dr. Mamoudou Sétamou, professor of entomology at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco. After several years, Sétamou and others on the project realised that with field [...]

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Demand starts overtaking water supply in Cape

By | September 30th, 2017|SA Industry News|

Demand for water is overtaking supply in the Western Cape, as a change of -0.1% was recorded over the past week in the province's dam levels. For the week prior, there was a small rise of 0.4% in the levels. The insufficient rainfall of this past winter in particular can be seen in a comparison [...]

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Israeli scientist develops easy way to test fruit freshness

By | September 8th, 2017|Global Industry News|

Assessing the freshness of fruit can be a bit of a guessing game, and the lack of an easy and accurate way of doing it is one of the leading causes of food waste. Israeli computer scientist Avi Schwartzer, looking to solve the problem came up with the idea for the AclaroMetersays. “Know Your Fruit” [...]

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Western Cape drought could cost 17 000 ag sector jobs

By | September 8th, 2017|SA Industry News|

It’s estimated that a potential drop of 10% in agricultural produce due to the drought could lead to 17,000 job losses in the South Africa's Western Cape, according to Independent Online. An agricultural economist has also warned that the current drought will have the biggest impact on seasonal employment in December. Standing committee chairperson on economic [...]

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SA Valencia estimate adjusted upwards

By | September 8th, 2017|SA Industry News|

The Valencia variety focus group has just adjusted the Valencia estimate for the season upwards with about a million x 15 kg cartons, to a final figure for the 2016/17 season of 49 million x 15kg cartons. This figure includes volumes from Zimbabwe and Swaziland. It should be noted that the revised estimate refers to [...]

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Toxic fruit & veg given to millions of UK pupils by the government

By | September 8th, 2017|Global Industry News|

Toxic chemicals have been found in fruit and veg given to millions of schoolchildren by the Government. Official tests revealed 84% of apples, bananas, carrots, pears, satsumas, tomatoes and raisins destined for four to six-year-olds contained residues of one or more pesticides. Two million kids get free fruit every year as part of a £40million [...]

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Schweppes Zimbabwe in talks with govt to produce more fruit trees

By | September 8th, 2017|Global Industry News|

Schweppes Zimbabwe is engaged in talks with the Government over the production of fruit trees destined for the export market. Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri- Kashiri, said the Government is in the process of implementing a national programme on fruit tree production, dubbed Command Agroforestry. Under the initiative, seedlings of various fruit trees [...]

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