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South Africa: Avocado industry targeted by fruit thieves

People from the Lowveld region should not buy avocados from vendors during the period November-March, since no avocados are harvested locally during these months. Those for sale may be stolen from orchards. Crime syndicates have set their sights on the Lowveld’s avocados. The thefts are fast becoming more sophisticated and are so extensive that farmers fear for the future of the industry.

People who buy avocados from vendors may be buying stolen goods.

After avocado farmers in the Brondal area expressed their frustration about the large-scale theft of their products, some of them spoke with The Lowvelder and aired the hope that greater public awareness of the issue might diminish the market for stolen fruit.

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