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Season’s wishes

By | December 14th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Wishing all our partners and friends around the world a happy festive season and a prosperous New Year!

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SA fruit industry expansion shows faith in the future

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

South Africa has in the past missed some opportunities in pushing its agricultural agenda during broader trade negotiations, says Dr Konanani Liphadzi, Fruit SA CEO (right), but she considers that the recent change in government has brought an increased appreciation of the value of the fruit sector for the South African economy. “We were in [...]

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EU digs in heels and remains aggressively protectionist on CBS

By | December 4th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Despite one of the best seasons on record in terms of mitigating the risk of Citrus Black Spot (CBS) symptoms on fruit arriving at EU borders, the EU seems determined to meet South Africa’s best efforts with unflinching bureaucratic coldness. At a meeting in Brussels on 27 November between the EU’s Directorate-General for Health and [...]

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How good were the variety focus groups in estimating the 2018 crop?

By | December 4th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Given the late season the last Citrus Marketing Forum (CMF) of 2018 did not have the opportunity to consider the actual versus estimates for 2018. They actually make interesting reading. The total citrus packed for export volume estimate was 132.7 m cartons and the actual was 135.2 m; a mere 2% difference. Four of the [...]

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Electricity woes

By | December 4th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Eskom, the national (and sole) electricity provider in South Africa has embarked on a programme of load shedding (planned power outages) as a result of maintenance on the grid. Such power outages are not new, but previously they’ve usually occurred in winter at times of high electricity demand. It’s unusual for Eskom to cut electricity [...]

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Government to announce water allocation before month’s end

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

Capetonians will have to wait several weeks to hear if water restrictions are to be further relaxed. Farmers, also waiting to hear if they will be allocated more irrigation water, are getting worried about the effects of the delay. Rashid Khan, regional head of the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation, said on Monday officials [...]

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New partnership to bring agri growth

By | October 27th, 2018|SA Industry News|

The international agriculture sector is a dynamic world and South Africa an esteemed player. In this global village, agri-businesses rely on the latest technology, science, and research to compete and produce top-quality products for maximum profit. Equally so, agri-businesses also have to survive the socio-economic rapids created by international politicians, trade-wars and natural disasters. One [...]

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SA’s Aerobotics launches 5 new precision agriculture products

By | October 27th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Cape Town based aerial-data analytics startup Aerobotics has launched five new innovative precision agriculture products that aim to help fruit and wine farmers to detect pests and diseases. The startup launched the new products at a recent event in Franschhoek. The event was also live-streamed to 11 satellite locations in South Africa (these were in: Kirkwood, [...]

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“Southern African citrus reached record production volume in 2018”

By | October 27th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA), tweeted that Southern African citrus reached a record volume of product packed for export in 2018. The current figure exceeds 1.9 million tons (128 million cartons). With just 5 million cartons still to be packed (mostly oranges) the season will end up just shy of 2 [...]

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Dept of Labour to invest R800m in agriculture

By | October 12th, 2018|SA Industry News|

The Department of Labour has announced its intention to invest R800 million in agriculture and related business over the next year. The announcement of the investment comes on the heels of commitments made by social partners at the Jobs Summit. The investment will be handled through the department's entities in partnership with the Public Investment [...]

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