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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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Climate change affects citrus in Mexico

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

According to producers from the state of Tamaulipas, there will be a drop in citrus production, especially of oranges, in the next harvest due to climate change and the lack of rainfall in the region. Javier Ibarra Echartea, a spokesman for the Union of Citrus growers, said that global warming was affecting the region causing [...]

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Understanding Chinese consumer demand key to packaging products

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

Convenience is becoming more important to Chinese consumers these days. One way of improving the convenience of any given product is to use the appropriate packaging method. This trend is visible in the fruit and vegetable industries in the preference for small-scale, premium packaging. This type of packaging allows consumers to easily carry fruit or [...]

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Red-fleshed apples gain popularity

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

An apple with red flesh is still somewhat exotic for most consumers - there are few such varieties and they are grown in relatively small volumes. However, the modern consumer loves everything new and exotic, and the bright red apple, which has the same bright pulp, at least attracts attention. According to EastFruit analysts, the [...]

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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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Citrus sector in Spain wasn’t ready for a rise of the minimum wage

By | April 30th, 2019|Global Industry News|

With the marketing of mandarins in the south of Spain virtually finished, orange traders are facing the last stage of a citrus campaign to forget. The asphyxiating competition from third countries, the rise of the minimum wage, the weather conditions and the low prices paid by the processing industry have been some of the most [...]

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Agri SA & Fidelity ADT partnership to reduce farm violence

By | April 30th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Agri SA has partnered with Fidelity ADT, a subsidiary of the Fidelity Services Group, to offer a range of services and products to its members and the rural community in an attempt to curb the unacceptably high number of farm attacks and related agricultural crime. According to Agri SA, farm attacks in 2017/2018 had increased [...]

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Almost time for SA citrus exports to resume

By | April 30th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The South African citrus season is just around the corner and Summer Citrus from South Africa is preparing for the first shipments which are due to begin at the end of May. South African fruit is likely to become available in the US from early to mid-June. In terms of citrus varieties, easy peelers will [...]

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