SA Industry News

South African fresh industry supports country lockdown

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

South Africa has followed suit: the country's president has announced a total lockdown of 21 days, which started from midnight Thursday night during which citizens will only be allowed to leave home for emergencies and food, and international arrivals will be turned away. Many in the fresh produce industry tell FreshPlaza that they are heartened [...]

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Concern about possible COVID-19 impact on SA

By | March 16th, 2020|SA Industry News|

The Deciduous Fruit Industry body, HORTGRO, says it is concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the sector. Agriculture remains a key economic driver in the Western Cape, which is the largest producer of deciduous fruit. With exports of 45% and a global market in turmoil, a difficult season is expected. - freshplaza.com

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Hex River grapes to finish earlier

By | February 29th, 2020|SA Industry News|

In the Orange River, the Olifants River and the Berg River regions producers have had the pleasure of seeing their initial grape estimates adjusted upwards - in recent years it's been the other way around - as the Western Cape recovers from the drought. However, rain over the Hex River Valley had more of an [...]

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SA welcomes EC decision on alleged damage to Spanish citrus campaign

By | February 29th, 2020|SA Industry News|

South Africa is very pleased by the European Commission’s finding that its citrus exports were not a contributing factor for the price collapse of the 2018/2019 Spanish campaign, says Deon Joubert, the South African Citrus Growers Association’s envoy to the European Union . The South African industry points out that the collapse of the Spanish [...]

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Coronavirus setback to Chinese plans for SA pears

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

To have the prospect of the Chinese market, open at last to South African pears after the initial access applications started over 15 years ago, snatched away at the last moment is very disappointing, says Thomas Mouton, head of topfruit at Core Fruit, a feeling widely shared in the industry, coupled with annoyance that it [...]

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South Africa’s agriculture trade patterns in 2020

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

After reaching a record level of $10.6-billion in 2018, South Africa’s agricultural exports fell by 8% year-on-year (y/y) in 2019 to $9.8-billion. This, however, was unsurprising as agricultural production data for 2019 showed a notable decline in a number of exportable commodities because of the drought. The temporary ban on exports of livestock products and [...]

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South Africa postpones grape promotion campaign in China

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

The promotional campaign for South African grapes, initially planned at wholesale markets in Guangzhou and Shanghai next month, has been postponed to next season due to the Corona virus, and feedback from the market in China, says Clayton Swart, communications manager at South African Table Grape Industry. The extension of the lunar new year because [...]

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ClemenGold consistency

By | January 22nd, 2020|SA Industry News|

ClemenGold mandarins are available almost year-round, produced on farms geographically spread across South Africa from June to October and then from November to May from partner farms in Spain and Morocco. This lengthened availability and growing volumes have bolstered the global growth of the brand over the past few years. ClemenGold mandarins are currently supplied [...]

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Rain hasn’t caused grape disaster

By | January 22nd, 2020|SA Industry News|

Rain over the weekend in the Hex River Valley has brought packing to a standstill as growers assess damage and the need for post-rain spraying programmes, which have implications regarding withholding periods, so that packing will resume by Thursday or Friday this week – unless it rains again tomorrow, in which case packing can only [...]

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Possible Lepidoptera outbreak

By | January 22nd, 2020|SA Industry News|

Current weather patterns in Southern Africa may be conducive to the outbreak of certain insect pests such as Lepidoptera. Moist air from the tropics may bring another infestation of the fall armyworm into the Limpopo, North West, Free State and Northern Cape provinces. In addition, the current conditions in these provinces and KwaZulu-Natal are conducive [...]

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