Monthly Archives: April 2020

Resistance to citrus canker

By | April 25th, 2020|SA Industry News|

Knockout of the Citrus CsLOB1 Gene Using CRISPR/Cas9 Confers Resistance to Citrus Canker Citrus production around the world is susceptible to challenges including diseases such as bacterial canker and Huanglongbing (HLB). Breeding programs can address some of these challenges but suffer from long crossing cycles, extended juvenility, polyembyrony and last, but not the least, polyploidy. Use [...]

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Positive year for SA citrus, but challenging shipping landscape

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

“This month marks the start of the 2020 South African citrus season that will prove interesting as we navigate the uncharted territory that COVID-19 has presented to us,” says Neil Truter, who manages Quality Assurance and Grower Relations at Vanguard’s South Africa headquarters. The country is under lockdown but fortunately, agriculture activities such as growing [...]

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Nearly 60 000 tons of Chinese navels from Zigui are unmarketable

By | April 24th, 2020|Global Industry News|

The lock-down of Wuhan officially ended on April 4th, 2020. People from Wuhan are once again allowed to travel beyond their city and people from other parts of China are now allowed to enter the city. The lock-down had serious consequences for different industries in the last few months. Fruit and vegetable markets in particular [...]

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European citrus market has low stocks and high prices

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

The coronavirus is making the start of the South African citrus season challenging. "On the one hand, the harvest is not bad, by any means. There are, however, differences when it comes to varieties and production areas. On the other hand, packing stations have to stick to the social distancing rules. That means just about [...]

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Smooth export flows at risk as lockdown is extended

By | April 17th, 2020|SA Industry News|

It was no real surprise when President Cyril Ramaphosa last week announced an extension to the Covid-19 lockdown by another two weeks. South Africa's mortality rate due to the virus has remained low: 27 deaths, but it is inevitable that an infection spike is to follow, experts say. The big concern for them, an apple [...]

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First harvest of Inored apples in South Africa

By | April 17th, 2020|SA Industry News|

The first Inored apple harvest has been taken off in the Witzenberg Valley above Ceres, impressing the South African pioneers of the French-bred open variety with its strong colour and low sunburn incidence. De Kock Hamman, technical advisor at Ceres Fruit Growers, saw the fruit on a visit to Italy in 2014 and realised that [...]

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20% spike in SA lemon exports forecast

By | April 17th, 2020|SA Industry News|

Just over 3.6 million 15 kg cartons lemons have been exported thus far in the lemon season, of which two-thirds have gone to the Middle East, traditionally one of the early markets for South African lemons. Lemons started early, the earliest start ever for some producers, and by week 15 exports are about double of [...]

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Australian citrus industry tackles competition from Chile in China

By | April 17th, 2020|Global Industry News|

The Australian citrus industry says it cannot afford to underestimate Chile's presence in the Chinese market after the South American country gained market access in December last year. With the 2020 citrus season underway in Australia, General Manager of Market Development David Daniels admits the inevitability that Chilean citrus would gain access to China has [...]

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PE prepares for citrus season

By | April 17th, 2020|SA Industry News|

Port Elizabeth Container Terminals (PECT) prepares for the upcoming citrus fruit harvest with new Liebherr mobile harbour crane technology. The two LHM 600 were transported from Rostock, Germany to South Africa. After a 20-day journey, they were unloaded from the transport vessel “Happy Dragon”. Transnet Port Terminal’s Acting Chief Executive, Michelle Phillips said, “Having lost [...]

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African farmers adversely affected by lockdown

By | April 17th, 2020|Global Industry News|

● Millions of African smallholder farmers who grow fruits and vegetables (FFV) for export have lost market access as flights are cancelled and borders restricted around the world. ● Morocco, Kenya, and South Africa are the most affected countries in Africa. ● Global disruption of supply chains is also affecting the import of agricultural inputs [...]

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