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First chilled ship with citrus from SA docks in Rotterdam port

By | June 13th, 2019|SA Industry News|

During the first week of June, the first ship with new season citrus from South Africa arrived in the port of Rotterdam. The 'Crown Garnet' docked at the port of the Rotterdam Merwehaven, which was full of cooling houses for the storage and overhaul of fruit prior to 2009. This part of the port was [...]

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Arrival of first shipment of citrus in breakbulk vessel into China

By | June 13th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The Baltic Summer reefer vessel carrying citrus from South Africa to the People’s Republic of China had arrived at Shanghai Port on 10 June 2019. The historic shipment of 5200 tons of citrus in a breakbulk vessel was launched on 6 May 2019 at Maydon Wharf Port in Durban. The reefer vessel was cleared upon [...]

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Seedless lemon brand launches in South Africa

By | June 6th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The new LemonGold® brand, which follows in the footsteps of the globally successful ClemenGold mandarin brand, will launch in one of South Africa’s high-end retailers in June. Although seedless lemons are not new to the local or international agricultural market, previous South African consumer-facing offerings have not been backed by strong branding. Now consumers will [...]

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Inspection & loading of citrus for Japan at 2 Cape facilities

By | June 6th, 2019|SA Industry News|

For the first season ever, Cape citrus growers can have their fruit destined for Japan inspected and loaded in their own provinces. Starting last week, citrus for Japan was inspected at Cape Fruit Coolers close to Cape Town (right: Remember Dzombe, DAFF chief agricultural food and quarantine technician at the Cape Town office) and from [...]

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SA deciduous fruit exports keep up positive growth

By | May 22nd, 2019|SA Industry News|

South Africa`s production and exports of apples, pears and table grapes continues to grow mainly due to new orchards coming into full production, and some wine grape areas being diverted to table grapes. This has cushioned the impact of the recent drought conditions on the 2018/19 MY crop. However, the production of apples and pears [...]

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Diminishing citrus returns as volumes keep growing

By | May 22nd, 2019|SA Industry News|

Normal market forces have been responsible for the downward trend in export earnings over all citrus commodities. In his latest newsletter Citrus Growers’ Association CEO Justin Chadwick points out that the much-vaunted increase in citrus production of the past few years has had its corollary in diminishing returns. The average returns were lower for all [...]

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Aerobotics breaks new ground in digital agronomy

By | May 8th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Aerobotics aims to perform the most difficult tasks on behalf of the grower: going out into the field to collect data, track growth and monitor pest and disease pressure. These tasks traditionally come with a high labour cost and low accuracy due to human error and few sample points, coupled with poor documentation. “Growers experience [...]

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SA clementines in eastern Canada

By | May 7th, 2019|SA Industry News|

“Our clementines have been in harvesting stage for the last 10 days. We’re looking at shipping this week,” says Mario Masellis of Catania in Mississauga, Ontario. “The crop quality and size are looking really good—Brix levels are between 10-11.5 and acids are .9-.1.1 which are really perfect conditions.” Clementines from South Africa ship into the [...]

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Zest Fruit first with co-loaded shipment for Japan and China

By | May 7th, 2019|SA Industry News|

A historic occasion was marked on Monday 6 May 2019 at the Durban quayside facility of Maydon Fruit Terminal (MFT) with the first co-loading of citrus for Japan and China on a break bulk or reefer vessel. This was witnessed by Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana, Deputy Minister Sfiso Buthelezi, Deputy [...]

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Soft citrus slow out of starting blocks

By | May 6th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Early soft citrus volumes are coming in slower than last year because of weather factors, particularly in the north of the country, but the delay is not regarded as concerning at this stage. By the end of week 16, 400,000 15kg-equivalent cartons had been shipped, which is 700,000 cartons lower than the same time last [...]

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