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Fall Armyworm invasion could be global

By | August 22nd, 2018|Global Industry News|

A research paper, prepared by a group of scientists from non-profit The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) and the University of Exeter, UK has warned that the invasion by Fall Armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda) could become global. Titled “Forecasting the global extent of invasion of the cereal pest Spodoptera frugiperda, the Fall Armyworm”, the [...]

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Chile wants its citrus fruit to enter China as a group

By | August 22nd, 2018|Global Industry News|

Chilean exporters have been proposing for a long time that China consider allowing the entry of their citrus fruits as a whole and not just individually. Ronald Bown, the president of Asoex, emphasized that neither the exporters nor the agency have tried to achieve the entry approval for an individual fruit, such as clementines, for [...]

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Targeting food waste in SA

By | August 22nd, 2018|SA Industry News|

Dearman’s liquid nitrogen refrigeration technology is to be used in a project to reduce the waste from fruit and vegetable harvests in South Africa. Food waste in South Africa is estimated to be worth £4.7bn annually, half of which occurs in the fruit and vegetable sector. Low farmer income makes access to cooling technology difficult. [...]

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Hortgro calls for meaningful and economically sustainable land reform

By | August 22nd, 2018|SA Industry News|

The deciduous fruit industry organisation, Hortgro, said in a statement today that it recognises and supports meaningful, sustainable and economically viable land reform in the agricultural sector as a means to include previously disadvantaged agriculturists. “It is vital that previously disadvantaged individuals get the opportunity to fully participate in the economic growth of our sector [...]

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Citrus export ship to Asia is positive news for SA

By | August 9th, 2018|SA Industry News|

If the Western Cape were a country, it would be the world's fifth largest exporter of citrus fruits. South Africa is currently the second biggest exporter of citrus in the world after Spain, accounting for 10% of the global market. The Western Cape currently exports the majority share of this, at 62%, making it the [...]

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South African farmers in a good position

By | August 7th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Farmers and others in the agricultural value chain do not always know who is really in charge. This is according to Lindie Stroebel, Southern Africa’s CEO of the product marketing association, PMA. She said at the Farmers Weekly AgriBusiness Africa congress that South African farmers are in a better position to control the market than [...]

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No-deal Brexit would push up fresh food prices

By | August 7th, 2018|Global Industry News|

The former boss of supermarket chain Waitrose has warned that a "no deal" Brexit would push up the cost of fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products. Lord Price, a former Conservative trade minister, said fresh food could not be stockpiled like packets or tins. The government says it will act to secure food supplies if the [...]

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Total Produce completes Dole takeover after EC approval

By | August 7th, 2018|Global Industry News|

On 31 July, the European Commission (EC) gave Total Produce the green light to acquire 45% of the shares of the American company Dole. The Irish multinational is paying 260 million Euro for them. The approval came earlier than expected. The EC approves the deal under the condition that Dole lets the Swedish Saba Fresh [...]

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China to retaliate with tariffs

By | August 7th, 2018|Global Industry News|

China is preparing to retaliate in the escalating trade war with tariffs on about $60 billion worth of U.S. goods. The import taxes would range in rates from 5 percent to 25 percent, the Chinese government said. "Any unilateral threat or blackmail will only lead to intensification of conflicts and damage to the interests of all parties," [...]

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Land reform announcement disquiets but delivers nothing new

By | August 7th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Last Tuesday evening President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as ANC president, devoted a short television announcement to the vexatious matter of land reform and, specifically, land expropriation without compensation. Despite a nervous reception in some quarters, there was nothing new to his message: in March the party released its formal position on land reform [...]

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