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Full entry for SA citrus into US

By | June 15th, 2018|SA Industry News|

“A watershed moment for the South African citrus industry” – several citrus traders have used this phrase to describe the rule published by the United States this week to amend regulations regarding importation of citrus from the whole of South Africa into the United States. Previously only citrus from the Western and Northern Cape, where [...]

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Scramble for Zim horticulture exports

By | June 15th, 2018|Global Industry News|

Several foreign firms are scrambling to invest in Zimbabwe’s horticultural sector following improvement of the investment climate over the past few months. This comes at a time when the Government is moving towards horticulture exports resuscitation in various European markets. The new administration has surprised a lot of investors around the world, including some in [...]

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Threat from shot hole borer beetle

By | June 15th, 2018|SA Industry News|

A minute alien invader from Asia is posing a very serious threat to both ornamental and fruit trees in South Africa. The Polyphagos Shot Hole Borer Beetle, might only be 2 mm long but it carries with it several fungus species. One in particular, Fusarium euwallacea, will eventually kill a beetle infested tree. There are no [...]

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Start of Spain’s red-fleshed Ruby Valencia orange harvest

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

Headquartered in Paterna, Valencia, Citrus Nostrum was founded 10 years ago by 20 Spanish producers. Today, it already has 40 production partners in Andalusia, Valencia, Catalonia and Murcia, with around 40 million kilos of fruit per year, mostly citrus. While the range of the Valencian company includes the usual commercial clementine, mandarin and orange varieties, four [...]

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CGC questions SA proposals to prevent entry of its pests into the EU

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

The Citrus Management Committee (CGC), the national association that brings together private exporters, regrets the uncertainty created by the revision of phytosanitary protocols to regulate South African citrus imports to the EU. Shipments have already begun and some are already arriving in European ports and the Commission (EC) has not yet validated the proposal made [...]

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3D printer gets rid of ‘ugly’ fruit

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

Most shoppers tend to avoid the “ugly” fruits and vegetables, thinking that better-looking foods are better overall. That’s not only untrue, it’s led to a tremendous amount of food waste, as unattractive produce is left on the shelf until it goes bad. Food waste is a huge problem in the United States – the USDA [...]

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NZ satsuma season off to good start

By | June 2nd, 2018|Global Industry News|

New Zealand satsuma mandarin growers are forecasting a slight increase in production, compared to last year. New Zealand Citrus Growers Inc (NZCGI) says the satsuma season kicked off in April and growers are around 50 per cent through harvest, with external quality and taste very good. "Satsuma mandarin season has started off strong with a [...]

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Aussenkehr farmers drowning in debt

By | June 2nd, 2018|Global Industry News|

The struggle by the Orange River Irrigation Project (Orip) small-scale farmers to provide for their families continues as debt eats into incomes earned from their produce. About 60% of every farmer's profit goes to pay a N$7 million debt they collectively owe the Agricultural Business Development Agency (Agribusdev), which they incurred during the 2015/16 production [...]

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Rain, rain in Western Cape

By | June 2nd, 2018|SA Industry News|

Much of South Africa is wet and cold, with snow falling in Lesotho, counterseasonal rain over the central regions and in the Western Cape the mood is exuberant. Winter rainfall in the Cape has started in earnest with an average of 100mm for the month of May across the southwestern parts of the province. Late [...]

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Agri SA cautiously welcomes minimum wage bill

By | June 2nd, 2018|SA Industry News|

Agri SA has cautiously welcomed the passing of the National Minimum Wage Bill by the National Assembly on Tuesday. The agriculture union said it has also noted the passing of the Labour Relations Amendment Act and Basic Conditions of Employment Act, which were passed by parliament. ” Agri SA will focus on ensuring that all [...]

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