Monthly Archives: July 2019

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Klein Karoo drought in its 4th year

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

The water situation looks better in the Boland and Cape Town but alas, that doesn’t tell the full story of the Western Cape: the Klein-Karoo has barely had rain or snow this winter and the dam levels are shocking: two important irrigation dams, the Kammanassie Dam and the Stompdrift Dam are 8% and 2% full [...]

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Negative balance for Valencia’s 2018/19 citrus campaign

By | July 22nd, 2019|Global Industry News|

The 2018/19 citrus campaign in the Spanish Region of Valencia has been one of the worst in recent years, according to figures published by UNIÓ de Llauradors, which reveal a 32% drop in profits compared to the previous season. The LA UNIÓ report shows that the income has fallen by 151 million Euro (40%) in [...]

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SA port crisis

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

Harbour personnel are cautiously optimistic that the situation will start improving at Ngqura Port Terminal (NPT), but it will take two weeks, at the least, to get back on schedule. Staffing shortages and low productivity at all of the country’s containers terminals mean that Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) will have to work around the clock [...]

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Global overview of citrus markets

By | July 22nd, 2019|Global Industry News|

The global orange market is facing a number of challenges. South African oranges, and citrus fruits in general, are troubled by problems in the ports of Durban and Port Elizabeth. In Argentina, the frost has probably caused considerable damage. Spain also suffered from the weather this season and in Italy the Tristeza virus had some [...]

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Crisis at SA harbours affecting citrus industry

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

Usually the situation at Durban Harbour is the citrus industry’s greatest cause for concern but this season the situation at the Port Elizabeth container terminal (PECT) and the new Ngqura (Coega) container terminal (NCT) is “absolute chaos” and “a major crisis”, according to various citrus exporters, affecting fruit exports from the region. Exports are happening [...]

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Chronic congestion in Durban

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

In a recent customer advisory, MSC said that cargo from Durban and from Ngqura to Europe would be loaded as usual on ships of its South Africa-Europe service, but that the vessels would skip their normal Cape Town call to make up for lost time. Connections from Cape Town to Europe will be maintained by [...]

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New facility to combat mealybugs opened

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

In June this year, in a ceremony at Letsitele - in the Limpopo province of South Africa - BioBee South Africa, together with its shareholders: BioBee Sde Eliyahu, ZZ2 and Hishtil SA inaugurated a new production facility. During the ceremony, Ran Gan-El, BioBee Sde Eliyahu’s CEO announced that these new state of the art facilities [...]

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Spanish citrus should create brand

By | July 13th, 2019|Global Industry News|

According to Guillermo Edo, citrus fruits are still perceived as a generic product for which the sector has failed to create a brand. "In Spain, the current overproduction added to the pressure from imports (Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, etc.) are causing a crisis. The chains are looking for competitive prices and offers for the whole year, [...]

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Africa Free Trade Accord Unveiled As a Work in Progress

By | July 9th, 2019|Global Industry News|

This pact has been a long time coming. Talks began back in 2002 in an effort to find African solutions to African problems. Phase 1, tariffs The AfCTA zone will eliminate customs duties on 90 percent of goods. Seven per cent of goods are considered "sensitive", and not part of the deal, though their tariffs [...]

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Wind in the Cape reduces soft citrus packouts

By | July 9th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The soft citrus season is busy catching up on an initial slow start due to delayed colouring in many areas. With some southern regions earlier and the northern regions later, there may be a clash in the timing of late mandarins. In the far and central north of the country harvesting is underway of late [...]

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