Monthly Archives: April 2019

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Citrus sector in Spain wasn’t ready for a rise of the minimum wage

By | April 30th, 2019|Global Industry News|

With the marketing of mandarins in the south of Spain virtually finished, orange traders are facing the last stage of a citrus campaign to forget. The asphyxiating competition from third countries, the rise of the minimum wage, the weather conditions and the low prices paid by the processing industry have been some of the most [...]

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Agri SA & Fidelity ADT partnership to reduce farm violence

By | April 30th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Agri SA has partnered with Fidelity ADT, a subsidiary of the Fidelity Services Group, to offer a range of services and products to its members and the rural community in an attempt to curb the unacceptably high number of farm attacks and related agricultural crime. According to Agri SA, farm attacks in 2017/2018 had increased [...]

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Almost time for SA citrus exports to resume

By | April 30th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The South African citrus season is just around the corner and Summer Citrus from South Africa is preparing for the first shipments which are due to begin at the end of May. South African fruit is likely to become available in the US from early to mid-June. In terms of citrus varieties, easy peelers will [...]

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THE LATE GERRIT VAN DER MERWE

By | April 18th, 2019|SA Industry News|

This legend will always be remembered for a twinkle in his eye and a can do attitude. When a challenge arose he did not only approach it, but ran towards it in order to sort it out. This legend should have been called “Mr Collaboration” – he firmly believed that doing things together was better [...]

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Thrilling start to Free State Pink Lady season

By | April 18th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The start to the Pink Lady season in South Africa’s eastern Free State has been thrilling, with producers waiting on cooler temperatures for colour development which finally came about 10 days ago and last Monday it was all hands on deck to get the apples off. Originally the start of the Free State Pink Lady [...]

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Ukraine almost doubled imports of citrus in March

By | April 18th, 2019|Global Industry News|

In the current season, Ukrainian consumers increasingly prefer exotic fruits, despite the fact that there are a sufficient number of local apples at an affordable price. According to EastFruit analysts , in March alone, importers purchased 1.8 times more citrus products on the foreign market than in the previous month. According to the latest reports [...]

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Critical Leaf Nutrient Thresholds to Diagnose Deficiencies in HLB Trees

By | April 18th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Recent HLB research efforts have focused on manipulating nutrient deficiencies with fertilizer applications to mitigate HLB symptoms and help keep affected trees alive and productive. Efficient diagnosis of nutrient imbalances in HLB-affected trees (both deficiencies and excesses) is necessary to make fertilizer remedies cost-effective and productive. Published thresholds defining deficient, low, optimal, high and excess [...]

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Table grape growers using inventiveness to fight fruit fly

By | April 18th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Sunraysia table grape grower Peter Argiro has built a new spray rig to apply bait sprays that will reduce his pest management costs in reducing fruit fly at his family vineyard. “We have 100 hectares of vines here in Merbein. To bait the whole area, we needed a much faster and much more economical way of [...]

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HLB in SA: “It’s not if, but when.”

By | April 18th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The South African industry should be very concerned about Asian greening disease, Dr Vaughan Hattingh, CEO of Citrus Research International, told delegates of the recent citrus summit in Port Elizabeth. The South African arrival of the disease, also called huanglongbing (HLB), is not a case of if, but rather when. “When you get the Asian [...]

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