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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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Shatang oranges leave the market wide open for Orah mandarins

By | March 15th, 2019|Global Industry News|

The Orah mandarin production season is still in full swing. "We are right in the middle of the retail season. Up until now we have already sold about half of our production volume. We expect that the Orah mandarin supply season will last at least until late April. The production season of Shatang oranges is [...]

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Record year for South African citrus exports

By | March 15th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The citrus growers from Southern Africa will export a record crop of close to 137 million boxes of citrus fruit to more than 100 countries this year. The rise in exports should translate into job opportunities, more foreign exchange revenue and a growing economy. This provisional export estimate was presented to the Citrus Marketing Forum [...]

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SA prepares to launch a WTO dispute over EU’s CBS measures

By | March 15th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The biannual summit of the South African citrus industry is taking place in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, a gathering of over 600 delegates that brings together all the links of the citrus chain in a holistic way, from farm to market. The inclusive approach of the summit was remarked upon by some of [...]

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Higher food prices for SA

By | March 4th, 2019|SA Industry News|

While there is currently little evidence of price pressure compared with a year ago, supermarket chain Shoprite has warned that food prices could increase over the next few months. Hester Vermeulen, economist at the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), agreed, adding that food prices were bound to increase due to factors such as the [...]

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