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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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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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SA welcomes removal of citrus from high risk-list

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

South Africa has welcomed the outcome of a meeting of the European Commission’s Committee on Plant Health in the week of 9 and 10 July 2018. During this meeting the proposal of eight EU member states (among them France and Spain) to introduce a category of high risk plants and products (which included citrus) under [...]

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SA navel quality looking good

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

South African navel quality is “ten times better than last year”, says a trader dealing with navels from the Eastern Cape, with very low levels of spoilage and quality problems, just some wind scarring, influencing packout percentages. The current cold temperatures across the country will be to the benefit of colour development. However, navel calibres [...]

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Development funding for land reform, not EWC

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

Agri SA presented its solutions to the slow pace of land reform at a workshop hosted by the F.W. de Klerk Foundation in Johannesburg last week. The context to the debate is the motion of expropriation without compensation (EWC) currently before Parliament, although more broadly speaking, the real question is how to effect speedy but [...]

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South Africa to produce more citrus fruits this season

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

Given the expansion of the acreage and the ideal weather conditions recorded in the main producing regions of Limpopo, the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga, South Africa expects its citrus production to increase this season. The drought in the Western Cape will likely lead to a decline in the production of mandarins; however, their tariff-free export [...]

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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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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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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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