Monthly Archives: August 2019

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Gaining control of maturity at harvest

By | August 14th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Maturity at harvest is the most critical factor influencing post-harvest life, especially for fruit like apples and pears, that are sensitive to a vegetal hormone called ethylene, which accelerates their ripening process. Preventing the negative effect of ethylene in the orchard is key to harvesting the best quality fruit and minimizing post-harvest waste. Delaying harvest [...]

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SA Star Ruby grapefruit back on South Korean shelves

By | August 14th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Six years ago after a citrus congress in South Korea, South African growers noticed that there was an appetite for the Star Ruby grapefruit. Then last year, after various visits to the country during the past years officials from the Fresh Produce Export’s Forum and the Grapefruit Variety Focus Group had a meeting with the [...]

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Brexit will be good for SA

By | August 12th, 2019|SA Industry News|

  UK High Commissioner Nigel Casey says that post-Brexit, South Africa and the SADC-Mozambique bloc will be able to negotiate one-on-one trade deals with the UK, and not be tied to European Union restrictions. South Africans need not fear Brexit as it will be good for this country, UK High Commissioner to South Africa Nigel [...]

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Edible coating instead of film

By | August 8th, 2019|Global Industry News|

As reported by heise.de, American materials scientist James Rogers at the University of California at Santa Barbara invented an edible coating for fruit and vegetables. It will soon also be replacing the plastic packaging for these fresh foods in the EU. With the coating, the food remains fresh four to five times as long. You [...]

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Tunisia confirms presence of fungus causing black spot

By | August 8th, 2019|Global Industry News|

The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) has issued an alert confirming that the Tunisian authorities have officially declared an area infected with Phyllosticta citricarpa, the fungus that causes black spot. We are talking about 2,000 hectares in the Nabeul Governorate; a citrus growing area in the northeast of the country. This proves that [...]

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Devaluation Chinese yuan will hurt US farmers

By | August 8th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Monday 5 August the American stock markets experienced the worst day of the year. In response to the US decision to extend import tariffs to more Chinese products on September 1, China announced a reduction in the value of the yuan. Is there a currency war threatening now that China is throwing its own currency [...]

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Agriculture can save South Africa from its unemployment crisis

By | August 8th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Agri SA is concerned about the rising unemployment rate and wishes to remind the government that investor confidence, especially in agriculture, is imperative to get job creation on track. The increase in South Africa’s unemployment levels to a record high of 29% indicates that an organised and focused strategy applied by all South Africans is [...]

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Empowering growers to combat food waste

By | August 8th, 2019|Global Industry News|

An estimated 168 million tonnes of food is lost or wasted in North America each year, with 49 million tonnes lost or wasted at the pre-harvest stage alone. Additionally, 20% to 40% of food production is lost to pests and diseases before it leaves the farm. Impacts include 193 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, [...]

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Jhb Fresh Produce Market due for facelift

By | August 8th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The Joburg Fresh Produce Market will soon receive a major facelift. This follows the approval of a mid-term expenditure framework allocation of R300 million for the recapitalisation of mission-critical infrastructure that support the Market’s core business. The Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Economic Development, Councillor Leah Knott, has welcomed the investment, saying that [...]

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