Monthly Archives: February 2020

Bacillus sp. w176 against postharvest green mould in citrus

By | February 29th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Citrus is one of the most important fruit crops in the world, and they are particularly susceptible to postharvest damage before they reach the market for fresh consumption after storage. Green mould caused by Penicillium digitatum is considered to be the main postharvest pathogen of citrus fruit with up to 60–80% decay under suitable environment [...]

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Hex River grapes to finish earlier

By | February 29th, 2020|SA Industry News|

In the Orange River, the Olifants River and the Berg River regions producers have had the pleasure of seeing their initial grape estimates adjusted upwards - in recent years it's been the other way around - as the Western Cape recovers from the drought. However, rain over the Hex River Valley had more of an [...]

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SA welcomes EC decision on alleged damage to Spanish citrus campaign

By | February 29th, 2020|SA Industry News|

South Africa is very pleased by the European Commission’s finding that its citrus exports were not a contributing factor for the price collapse of the 2018/2019 Spanish campaign, says Deon Joubert, the South African Citrus Growers Association’s envoy to the European Union . The South African industry points out that the collapse of the Spanish [...]

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Reefer container congestion to remain for months to come

By | February 20th, 2020|Global Industry News|

The congestion of reefer containers in China continues to increase due to the impact of the Corona virus. The bottleneck is mainly in the Chinese ports of, among others, Shanghai, Xingang, Tianjin and Ningbo. The ports report a full capacity that no reefer container can access anymore and therefore advise the shipping companies to unload [...]

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Counterfeit Chinese-grown products in the markets

By | February 20th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Counterfeit produce is nothing new on the Chinese market, but fortunately there is a strong push from companies who export there to try to combat it. Companies can see their brands displayed in markets all over Asia, undermining a great deal of work and investment to promote the quality behind the brand, and brand owners, [...]

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EU to ban imported fruit treated with chlorpyrifos

By | February 20th, 2020|Global Industry News|

The EU member states have agreed to an import ban for fruit-bearing traces of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide deemed harmful to human health. Chlorpyrifos is used by farmers to prevent insects from damaging their produce. Traces are often found on imported fruit such as oranges or mandarins in countries such as Germany, where the substance has [...]

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Coronavirus setback to Chinese plans for SA pears

By | February 20th, 2020|SA Industry News|

To have the prospect of the Chinese market, open at last to South African pears after the initial access applications started over 15 years ago, snatched away at the last moment is very disappointing, says Thomas Mouton, head of topfruit at Core Fruit, a feeling widely shared in the industry, coupled with annoyance that it [...]

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South Africa’s agriculture trade patterns in 2020

By | February 20th, 2020|SA Industry News|

After reaching a record level of $10.6-billion in 2018, South Africa’s agricultural exports fell by 8% year-on-year (y/y) in 2019 to $9.8-billion. This, however, was unsurprising as agricultural production data for 2019 showed a notable decline in a number of exportable commodities because of the drought. The temporary ban on exports of livestock products and [...]

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South Africa postpones grape promotion campaign in China

By | February 20th, 2020|SA Industry News|

The promotional campaign for South African grapes, initially planned at wholesale markets in Guangzhou and Shanghai next month, has been postponed to next season due to the Corona virus, and feedback from the market in China, says Clayton Swart, communications manager at South African Table Grape Industry. The extension of the lunar new year because [...]

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