SA Industry News

SA takes proactive approach to FCM

By | August 31st, 2020|SA Industry News|

For the first time since 2018 when the South African citrus industry introduced its False Codling Moth Management System, the citrus industry has had to intervene in its normal functioning to manage false codling moth. The decision to strengthen the shipping protocol for South Africa’s oranges for the rest of the season, on very short [...]

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12-14 million people will move to cities over next 15 years

By | August 24th, 2020|SA Industry News|

The South African Bureau for Agricultural and Food Policy expects the country’s economic recovery to be a prolonged process “with real GDP only projected to exceed 2019 levels by 2026”, according to their newly released baseline report. The fresh produce industry will be significantly affected by shrinking consumer demand and interrupted supply chains. One of [...]

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Shipping lines holding the cards in the new Covid world

By | August 24th, 2020|SA Industry News|

Maritime consultancy Drewry has warned that container costs could go through the roof, due to the current situation featuring blank sailings, arrival delays, capacity contraction, schedule unreliability and resulting cargo roll-overs. Such is the effect of only one out of every three vessels arriving within the first 24 hours of the expected time of arrival [...]

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Citrus boost for immunity

By | August 4th, 2020|SA Industry News|

Immunity has been on the mind of everyone - what with the Coronavirus pandemic taking its toll. On https://food.ndtv.com/ is the perfect shake, brimming with the goodness of citrusy orange and carrots, spices like cinnamon, ginger and turmeric along with wholesome seeds and dry fruits like chia and dates. All the ingredients when blended together with yogurt [...]

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Confronting climate change

By | August 4th, 2020|SA Industry News|

CGA was a founding member of the Confronting Climate Change (CCC) project - a South African fruit and wine initiative that began in 2008. The basic concept for the project was to enable producers and supply chain stakeholders to identify risks and opportunities relating to carbon emissions. This is achieved through a benchmarking process whereby [...]

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Citrus companies setting shipping example for grapes & stonefruit

By | July 30th, 2020|SA Industry News|

Citrus companies are setting an example with their increased return to conventional shipping this season, in large degree to compensate for the delays and inefficiencies at the Cape Town Container Terminal. "Year to date, we are already loading the sixteenth vessel destined for Europe and Russia, which is on average about three to four vessels [...]

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Automated shuttle car optimises packhouse flow

By | July 20th, 2020|SA Industry News|

Many packhouses are looking to reduce the amount of forklifts operating on the floor. Thus Somerset West-based Gossamer Packaging Machinery have designed an automated shuttle car for the circulation of empty and full pallets or bins without the use of pallet jacks or forklifts. The shuttle car can be used in combination with other Gossamer [...]

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Crime and criminality in the agriculture sector

By | July 10th, 2020|SA Industry News|

The scope of theft of agricultural products such as maize, fruit and livestock is exceedingly difficult to quantify, but the fact is that such crimes have a profound impact on farmers’ sustainability and profitability. In addition, they are forced to spend vast sums on security measures such as electric fencing, something they can hardly afford. [...]

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Covid-19 ‘terrible timing’ for SA citrus industry

By | July 10th, 2020|SA Industry News|

In his most recent Covid-19 memo the CEO of the South African Citrus Growers' Association has called the timing of the peak of the pandemic "terrible", coming as it does right at the peak of the citrus season. The most important person now is a company's Covid-19 compliance officer, Justin Chadwick has said before, in [...]

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SA offers direct sourcing opportunities for UK food wholesalers

By | July 10th, 2020|SA Industry News|

As Britain emerges from its coronavirus lockdown, firms in the UK are facing a host of challenges as they attempt to get back to business as usual. But one of the most significant issues that the pandemic has highlighted is the vulnerability many companies face in their supply chains. For wholesale businesses dealing in fruit [...]

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