Yearly Archives: 2018

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Season’s wishes

By | December 14th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Wishing all our partners and friends around the world a happy festive season and a prosperous New Year!

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Spain’s citrus exports to non-EU countries down by 14%

By | December 11th, 2018|Global Industry News|

The citrus sector is not achieving good results as far as exports are concerned. At a time with on-going protests by agricultural organizations, such as those convened by the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja), the Provincial Federation of Agricultural Producers of Castellón (Fepac-Asaja) or the Union of Small Agricultural Producers (UPA-PV), the latest export [...]

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SA fruit industry expansion shows faith in the future

By | December 11th, 2018|SA Industry News|

South Africa has in the past missed some opportunities in pushing its agricultural agenda during broader trade negotiations, says Dr Konanani Liphadzi, Fruit SA CEO (right), but she considers that the recent change in government has brought an increased appreciation of the value of the fruit sector for the South African economy. “We were in [...]

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EU digs in heels and remains aggressively protectionist on CBS

By | December 4th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Despite one of the best seasons on record in terms of mitigating the risk of Citrus Black Spot (CBS) symptoms on fruit arriving at EU borders, the EU seems determined to meet South Africa’s best efforts with unflinching bureaucratic coldness. At a meeting in Brussels on 27 November between the EU’s Directorate-General for Health and [...]

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How good were the variety focus groups in estimating the 2018 crop?

By | December 4th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Given the late season the last Citrus Marketing Forum (CMF) of 2018 did not have the opportunity to consider the actual versus estimates for 2018. They actually make interesting reading. The total citrus packed for export volume estimate was 132.7 m cartons and the actual was 135.2 m; a mere 2% difference. Four of the [...]

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Promoting Sicilian red-oranges

By | December 4th, 2018|Global Industry News|

The last citrus fruit campaign in Sicily was extremely positive. However, this year the volumes are not the same as last year. This is mainly because of the Tristeza (CTV) effects and of the heavy and persistent rains which devastated the Western-Sicilian production areas. Despite all these issues, experts still have positive expectations. Sara Grasso [...]

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Corsican clementine harvest halted due to yellow vests

By | December 4th, 2018|Global Industry News|

Corsican clementines are much consumed during holidays in Cosica. However, they will most likely be scarce. Indeed, because of the movement of yellow vests, nearly 700 tons of Corsican clementines were blocked in trucks from the Paca region, causing an interruption of the harvest in Corsica. Even if losses are not huge at the moment, [...]

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Boosting New South Wales’ preparedness for Citrus Canker

By | December 4th, 2018|Global Industry News|

Exercise Orange Juice was held in October in Griffith and was designed to review and evaluate New South Wales’ preparedness for a detection of the exotic disease. It was based on a hypothetical scenario where citrus canker was detected in a NSW retail outlet. More than 50 participants attended the exercise, including members from both [...]

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Electricity woes

By | December 4th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Eskom, the national (and sole) electricity provider in South Africa has embarked on a programme of load shedding (planned power outages) as a result of maintenance on the grid. Such power outages are not new, but previously they’ve usually occurred in winter at times of high electricity demand. It’s unusual for Eskom to cut electricity [...]

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Government to announce water allocation before month’s end

By | November 11th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Capetonians will have to wait several weeks to hear if water restrictions are to be further relaxed. Farmers, also waiting to hear if they will be allocated more irrigation water, are getting worried about the effects of the delay. Rashid Khan, regional head of the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation, said on Monday officials [...]

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