SA Industry News

Empty European market for SA citrus

By | July 3rd, 2020|SA Industry News|

Bad weather in Spain and enforced coronavirus lockdowns have caused an explosive demand for citrus in Europe. The market situation, therefore, looks entirely different from that of last year. As does the start of the 2020 Southern Hemisphere citrus season. Orange and lemon supplies in Spain, Morocco, and Egypt are considerably lower. So, South Africa [...]

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SA cumulative export citrus volume at 11,889,038 cartons

By | July 3rd, 2020|SA Industry News|

According to a report by the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa, citrus exports to the rest of Africa (and surrounding islands) stood at 28,301 cartons in week 26, up 24% year -on-year. In week 26, the cumulative number of citrus exported to all regions stood at 11,889,038 equivalent cartons. Most of this (1,235,388 units) [...]

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European market good for SA citrus

By | June 26th, 2020|SA Industry News|

In recent years, South African citrus exporters' focus seems to have shifted. They were looking at Russia, and the Far and Middle East. This year, Europe is well in its sights again. "Demand is super strong. But, a lot of trade's coming this way too. The record volumes must all be sold now," says Gijsbert [...]

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Port of Cape Town restores berthing teams

By | June 26th, 2020|SA Industry News|

According to a Transnet statement, Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) has pushed its operational staff complement of “gangs” working vessels at the port to five. This comes after Covid-19 infection fears significantly eroded the number of personnel required to sustain port efficiency. With an increasing number of staff returning from self-isolation to attend to their [...]

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Transformation progress

By | June 26th, 2020|SA Industry News|

Fruit South Africa and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) have established the Fruit Industry Value Chain Round Table (FIVCRT) as a valuable platform that brings together government; parastatals; the fruit industry and civil society for fruitful engagement and speedy resolution of issues. Constituting a dialogue process amongst industry stakeholders, the [...]

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Mixed bag of grapefruit markets for SA

By | June 19th, 2020|SA Industry News|

About three-quarters of South Africa’s grapefruit, both white and red, have been shipped. Fruit quality and packouts have been good. After an early crop that was almost “abnormally” skewed towards the larger calibres (with a peak on count 35), fruit at either end of the size spectrum are being held back because of resistance in the [...]

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Grapefruit exports running at a jog

By | June 3rd, 2020|SA Industry News|

About two-thirds of South Africa’s grapefruit crop has been exported in a season which got off to a sprint but has since settled into a steady jog. If the grapefruit season can be stretched until the beginning of August, growers could benefit from the traditional upswing at the tail-end of the season. The early start [...]

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SA apple harvest at optimal level

By | June 3rd, 2020|SA Industry News|

This season's apple harvests for South Africa are at optimal levels. The main issue in exporting, however, is projected to be complications in logistics arising from COVID-19. Harvest Estimates for 2020 After three years of lower output, apple production returned to normal levels in the 2019/20 MY, due to normal winter weather conditions and improved [...]

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Accelerated lemon increase surprises SA industry

By | June 3rd, 2020|SA Industry News|

By the end of week 21 South Africa had sent out 10.4 million 15 kg cartons of lemons, leaving the shipments of other years in the dust: 5.3 million cartons of lemons last year this time, and many in the lemon industry have told FreshPlaza that while huge growth was totally expected, the rate at [...]

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Naspers Foundry invests R100m in agritech business

By | May 26th, 2020|SA Industry News|

Naspers Foundry, Naspers's start-up fund, on Wednesday announced a R100 million investment in agritech business Aerobotics due to its "world-class technology solution" in food security. Aerobotics is a subscription-based artificial intelligence (AI) company that provides intelligent tools for the agricultural industry to manage its crops. Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, the chief executive of Naspers's South Africas unit, [...]

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