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Black citrus growers see 40% increase in production figures
Black citrus growers see 40% increase in production figuresArticle

The harvest records also reveal that, locally, black citrus growers have increased output to domestic markets by 55% since 2019...

16 Mar 2021

SA's citrus industry celebrates record-breaking export season
SA's citrus industry celebrates record-breaking export seasonArticle

The Citrus Growers Association of South Africa has announced a record-breaking 2020 export season that delivered 146 million cartons of South African citrus to the rest of the world...

1 Feb 2021

New citrus export levy sees R1bn invested into sector
New citrus export levy sees R1bn invested into sectorArticle

The new levy represents a 120% increase from the previous levy and will translate into an estimated R1bn investment by local citrus growers into the sector over the next four years. The levy will continue to be administered by the The Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa...

11 Dec 2020

US opens new ports to South African citrus exports
US opens new ports to South African citrus exportsArticle

The United States government has announced the opening up of several new ports for the import for citrus products from South Africa, further facilitating two-way trade with South Africa...

9 Nov 2020

Joint effort keeps South Africa's agricultural sector thriving during pandemic
Joint effort keeps South Africa's agricultural sector thriving during pandemicArticle

At the outset of the Covid-19 lockdown, agriculture and the food sector were classified as essential services to avoid disrupting the nation's food supply. But there were always concerns about whether the agricultural value chains and logistics could work efficiently when most other sectors of the economy had ground to a halt...

Wandile Sihlobo 18 Sep 2020

Citrus industry gets green light to export to the Philippines
Citrus industry gets green light to export to the PhilippinesArticle

Following eleven years of negotiation, the South African citrus industry has been given the go-ahead to export to the Philippines after signing a work plan between the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and the Philippines Bureau of Plant Industry...

10 Sep 2020

Surplus food: The key to boosting household food security
Surplus food: The key to boosting household food securityArticle

Government needs to legislate labelling that supports the diversion of surplus food; the food value chain needs to find efficient ways to divert and deliver it; and civil society needs to put pressure on the system to ensure that their fellow countrymen are adequately fed and nourished...

John Hudson 8 Sep 2020

FoodForward SA exceeds R50m target, distributes over 12 million meals
FoodForward SA exceeds R50m target, distributes over 12 million mealsArticle

FoodForward SA has raised R53m after launching its R50m Covid-19 Appeal earlier this year...

10 Jun 2020

Black Citrus Growers Programme launched
Black Citrus Growers Programme launchedArticle

The programme is expected to create an additional 1,726 permanent and seasonal jobs in the citrus industry...

6 May 2020

South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to do
South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to doArticle

South Africa's urgent need to create jobs requires that the country take advantage of opportunities in the global economy that it can convert into quick wins. The fruit industry presents such an opportunity...

6 Dec 2019

Industrial action has negative impact on citrus exports
Industrial action has negative impact on citrus exportsArticle

The South African transport and port company, Transnet, recently confirmed that activities at the container terminals in Durban and at Ngqura near Port Elizabeth were being affected by industrial action...

16 Jul 2019

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Western Cape commodity groups commit to farmer developmentArticle

The private sector has shown its commitment to developing black smallholder farmers in the province, with all 11 of the agricultural commodity groups that have been part of the Western Cape department of agriculture's commodity approach to land reform, signing new MOUs last week...

8 Apr 2019

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Youth employability a key issue for agri sectorArticle

The agriculture sector, which employs just under a million people in South Africa according to Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), is calling for a solution to its youth employability challenge.

27 Mar 2019

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#CitrusSummit: Fruitful opportunities in technologyArticle

At the recent Citrus Growers Association's conference in Port Elizabeth, the Citrus Academy's general manager, Jacomien De Klerk said the rapid advancement of technology and its potential to efficiently connect the planet and people is both thrilling and daunting...

Carin Venter 25 Mar 2019

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Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improves marginally in Q1 2019Article

The survey was conducted between 28 February and 15 March and comprised agribusinesses operating in all agricultural subsectors across South Africa...

Wandile Sihlobo 18 Mar 2019

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Agriculture Minister enjoys rare exposure to fruit industryArticle

In January, Minister Senzeni Zokwana's first-ever visit to the fresh fruit industry made for a historic event on the industry calendar...

Konanani Liphadzi 31 Jan 2019

New paperless system saves SA fruit export R250m
New paperless system saves SA fruit export R250mArticle

After a successful pilot introduction and implementation by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the roll-out of a new e-Certification IT platform to the fruit industry in 2019 will save the industry at least R250m over the next five years...

26 Nov 2018

SA citrus exports close in on 2 million tonnes
SA citrus exports close in on 2 million tonnesArticle

According to Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers' Association, citrus production has reached a record volume packed for export in 2018...

16 Oct 2018

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Better trade terms will improve access to Asia for citrus exportersArticle

The absence of required trade agreements - compounded by restrictive import tariffs - makes seamless exports to countries like China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam much more difficult...

Justin Chadwick 31 Oct 2017

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Carbon calculator makes footprint on SA fruit industryArticle

Confronting Climate Change have made a free carbon calculator available for the South African fruit industry. It might even help producers save on input costs in the process...

25 Jul 2017

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New e-learning institution to help create Africa's next generation of farmersArticle

The ongoing and severe shortage of well-trained personnel entering the agri-sector and agri-related industries, including farm managers, section managers, and sales personnel, poses a significant risk to food security on the continent...

10 May 2017

Farmers need to develop agility to prosper despite uncertainties
Farmers need to develop agility to prosper despite uncertaintiesArticle

Although the macroeconomic environment is likely to remain uncertain in the short to medium term, primary producers can still prosper if they focus on...

30 Mar 2017

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Province makes sizeable contribution to SA citrus cropArticle

Citrus in South Africa is the second largest fruit crop after grapes in terms of production volumes. The Eastern Cape, being the powerhouse of the Southern African citrus industry, accounts for 27% of citrus production in the country...

14 Mar 2017

Juicy market for SA citrus
Juicy market for SA citrusArticle

Despite the uncertainty that Donald Trump's presidency in the US has introduced into the global economy, America remains an important market for South African citrus growers...

Shaun Gillham 13 Mar 2017

R300m empowerment project aims to uplift agricultural sector
R300m empowerment project aims to uplift agricultural sectorArticle

The recently unveiled Ikamva Lethu black economic empowerment project in the citrus-rich Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape aims to radically transform how future empowerment deals in the agricultural sector are handled...

5 Dec 2016

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Citrus growers expect easier UK accessArticle

Brexit has provided South African citrus growers a reason to cheer as the industry has been in a spot of bother because of stringent EU import requirements...

Nompumelelo Magwaza 14 Jul 2016

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SA's citrus growers voluntarily halt lemon exports to EUArticle

Citrus growers in SA face losses of about R50m after voluntarily suspending all exports of organic lemons to the European Union due the risk of citrus black spot...

Nompumelelo Magwaza 8 Apr 2016

Bhisho juices R21m in citrus exports
Bhisho juices R21m in citrus exportsArticle

The Eastern Cape's citrus industry has received a R21-million boost for exports from the Fort Beaufort and Peddie region...

Deneesha Pillay 23 Mar 2015

EU rules against SA citrus ban, imposes stricter import criteria
EU rules against SA citrus ban, imposes stricter import criteriaArticle

Thousands of jobs were saved last week when the European Union (EU), SA's most lucrative market for its multibillion fruit exporting industry, decided against banning its oranges.

Paul Vecchiatto 2 Jun 2014

SA citrus growers want 4 more years of statutory export-leviesArticle

The citrus growing association of South Africa have lodged an application for statutory levies to be implemented again in the citrus enterprise for the next four years, Fresh Plaza website reports.

13 Jul 2012

SA citrus farmers gain access to Thai markets
SA citrus farmers gain access to Thai marketsArticle

Business Day reports that - following negotiations that started 14 years ago - the South African government has concluded a trade agreement with Thailand to establish a new export market for citrus fruit, namely - sweet oranges, mandarins, lemons and grapefruit.

13 Jun 2012

Fruit SA calls for export supply chain efficiency
Fruit SA calls for export supply chain efficiencyArticle

South African fruit growers are at risk unless export supply chain services and costs improve, warns a key industry body in the run-up to the Cool Logistics Africa conference.

2 Apr 2012

Fruit SA calls for export supply chain efficiencyArticle

South African fruit growers are at risk unless export supply chain services and costs improve, warns a key industry body in the run-up to the Cool Logistics Africa conference.

30 Mar 2012

SA growers assess extreme weather effects on grapes, citrus
SA growers assess extreme weather effects on grapes, citrusArticle

According to a South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) statement, the country's table grape crop is set to fall by around 3% due to recent rain in the Hex River Valley. The statement said further that at least five producers in the valley were significantly affected by severe thunderstorms on 18 January and more rain on 19 January 2012, with high winds causing some vineyard trellis systems to collapse, the Fresh Fruit Portal reports.

23 Jan 2012

SA set to ship citrus to Thailand next season
SA set to ship citrus to Thailand next seasonArticle

The Fresh Fruit Portal reports that South Africa is gearing up to export citrus fruit to Thailand next year. Thai official inspectors are expected to arrive in March, at the start of the season, and will be observing South Africa's harvesting, packing, transporting, port handling and shipping of citrus.

12 Dec 2011

Avocado farms 'partially' hit by cold spell
Avocado farms 'partially' hit by cold spellArticle

Subtropical Fruits Growers Association (SFGA) said on Wednesday, 14 July 2010, that the total damage estimate to avocado crops as a result of the current bad winter spell is "negligible", and will therefore not drive up prices at this stage.

Andries Mahlangu 16 Jul 2010

SA unlikely to encounter tomato supply shortages
SA unlikely to encounter tomato supply shortagesArticle

Tomato Producers Organisation (TPO) said on Tuesday, 13 July 2010, that it was unlikely that South Africa will encounter tomato supply shortages due to frost that ruined crops on some tomato farms.

Andries Mahlangu 14 Jul 2010

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