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S. Korea opens doors to Australian blood oranges
Currently, Australia exports Valencia and Navel oranges to South Korea, now the country has confirmed it will also take blood oranges; a bonus for growers of the niche variety.Citrus Australia market access manager David Daniels said it was great to see some of the smaller citrus commodities being progressed.....

Sargodha's new dry port will boost fruit exports
On Thursday 26 May, a decision was taken to build a dry port in Sargodha, Pakistan, to facilitate fruit and mineral exports from the region. The Ministry of Commerce is set to fund the project.This was decided at the meeting of the Board of Administrators of the Export Development Fund (EDF) there. The.....


US: Early start of South African citrus season
“The first container vessel of the season with South African clementines arrived in the US on May 18,” says Mark Hanks with DNE World Fruit. “The fruit was released last week and is about two weeks ahead on maturity compared to last year.” South African clementines are expected to peak in June and early.....

From Morocco and Iran
Russia finds ag pest in kiwi and apple shipments
While conducting checks on batches of fresh fruit arriving from abroad in the Nizhny Novgorod region, Rosselkhoznadzor found the agricultural pest San Jose Scale. According to Mari El, the director of Rosselkhoznadzor for the region, they found the pest in parties of kiwifruits and oranges from Morocco and.....


South Africa: Navel export taking shape
Citrus export from South Africa is going well at the moment although some traders say that they are not doing lemons or grapefruit because they just cant get a hold of it. Volumes of grapefruit are short but with lemons it is the huge demand which is making them scarce.Navels however, are available as.....


Pack house sources from 130 local growers
Citrus from Mildura to the world
Mildura Fruit Company (MFC) is one of Australia's leading citrus packers and exporters, marketing a full range of citrus fruits around the world. MFC sources citrus from around 130 growers in the region. Click here to see the photo reportThis large grower base, producing a broad range of varieties, allows.....


Extremely high prices for Brazilian limes
“Limes are a real hype at the moment. Difficult to say what makes them this popular, but prices are absurdly high. Normally when Mexico and Brazil are on the market together, there is too much supply and prices go down. At the moment, Mexico isn't exporting big volumes to Europe, but to the United.....


Alejandro Lucas, from San Miguel:
"Expansion will allow our citrus into to the US"
"Supplying customers around the world and being able to reach all the supermarkets that require a continuous supply is every exporting company's goal. Thus, to achieve this goal, San Miguel has a collaborative and synergistic model with strategic producers located in various locations in South.....

India: Scientists come across rare orange species
In Manipur’s Tamenglong district a team of scientists have stumbled across a rare wild orange species. The team chanced upon the species during a trip aimed at inspecting a village in the district in order to declare it an important biodiversity heritage site.The newly discovered endangered citrus fruit is.....

'Ineptitude' costs S.African fruit exporters Asian markets
The alleged ineptitude of a unit inside the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Daff) is accused of losing South African an estimated R150-million in trade annually. Exporters are concerned that the department's poor communication and administrative errors are causing even greater hardship in an.....

Iraq replaces Russia for Turkish citrus exports
Turkey’s National Citrus Council’s (UTK) Financial General Assembly recently took place in Mersin. In 2015, Russia was Turkey’s biggest market for citrus exports, worth 90.52 million dollars, so far in 2016 Iraq has taken their place with exports to the country worth 84.54 million dollars. The president of.....

AU's fastest-growing food company supplies China
Dongfang Modern Agriculture Holding Group has seen its market value more than double to about $900 million in the seven months since its float. But you won't see any of its produce in Australia; growing and selling all its fruit in Southeastern China, it now ranks as the biggest citrus grower in that country.....


AU: Citrus grower teams up with nursery for better trees
There is great demand for citrus trees in Australia, in some cases growers can wait up to two years for root stock. One of Australia's biggest citrus producers, Seven Fields has teamed up with Mildura Fruit Nursery to increase their supply of root stock and trees.Click here for more photos and.....


Tania Chapman: Colignan Producers Company
"Back packers are an essential supply of labour for us in horticulture in Australia"
On a recent trip to Mildura, Victoria, FreshPlaza was invited to Colignan Park, owned by Tania and Adrian Chapman. On the farm they have 121 hectares which are mostly citrus. Previously there were also avocados, grapes and figs on the farm but the drought in 2008 meant some hard decisions had to be made and.....

Cuba promotes citrus crops Las Tunas
Between January and April, farmers in the province of Las Tunas planted 14 hectares of citrus, almost twice than what was expected, contributing to the national program to rescue this kind of fruit.Although it is still a very limited contribution, the plantings also exceeded by more than 170 percent the land.....


XLnT Citrus to release Samba mandarin in South Africa
A new mandarin cultivar is about to be released to South Africa citrus growers. Key traits include exceptional flavour and colour, time of harvest, low-seeded when not cross-pollinated, favourable fruit size, and ease-of-peeling.The XLnT Citrus company and Dr. Graham Barry will be releasing Samba mandarin.....

Orange juice futures decline for second season
After a months long rise helped by a smaller orange crop, orange juice futures have slumped for the second straight session.Frozen concentrated orange juice for July delivery fell 1.3% to $1.4575 a pound on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange.This month, the orange crop in Florida improved for a second month by.....

False origin claims
Thai customs seize almost 100 tonnes of oranges
At Laem Chabang deep-sea port, 96 tonnes of oranges worth around four million baht have been seized by customs officials. The oranges are said to have come from Spain and Egypt but were falsely declared of originating from China to evade import taxes.The citrus fruits were found in seven containers belonging.....


AU: Global citrus leaders converge on Mildura
A couple of weeks ago while visiting growers in Mildura, Victoria, I was lucky enough to be invited by citrus growers from all over the world who had gathered in Mildura to swap knowledge and experiences. Collectively in the room that evening was a wealth of knowledge spanning many years across many.....

UC Riverside, Cali Citrus Foundation “Save R’ Citrus” partnership
“Save R’ Citrus” is a citrus research partnership between the University of California, Riverside and the California Citrus Research Foundation that aims to protect California’s $2.2 billion citrus industry from Huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening disease.The California Citrus Research Foundation.....

AU: Welfare payments for 6,000 farmers last year
The Australian news website, abc.net.au reports that since July last year almost 6,000 farmers have received welfare payments, and according to Freedom of Information documents, the most farmers to receive the Government's Farm Household Allowance (FHA), 95, were from Griffith, a major citrus and wine.....


Argentina's delay causes further boost of lemon prices in Spain
According to the price list for week 20 (from 16 to 22 May 2016) supplied by the Council of Murcia and published by Ailimpo, Verna lemon prices have gone up another 10 cents compared to the previous week and stand between 1.20 and and 1.30 Euro per kilo at origin, with an average value of 1.25 Euro per.....


Savasun South Africa kicks off citrus season
Savasun South Africa is a subsidiary of Staay Food Group, which they established in Cape Town back in 2011. The branch focuses on sourcing citrus, grapes, apples, pears and exotic fruit for Staay Food Group. In addition to sourcing, Savasun South Africa also organises visits for European supermarket.....


Richard Byllaardt - Seven Fields
"There is huge demand from Japan and China"
The citrus harvest in Victoria, Australia is looking to be inline with last year according to Richard Byllaardt from Seven Fields."The Navels will be early due to an extremely hot summer, but the dry weather has now broken. We had 40mm of rain a couple of weeks ago which should help to increase the sizing of.....

Asian Citrus shutting down Hunan plantation
Asian Citrus Holdings announced its decision to shut down the Hunan plantation and terminate the land lease agreement with operations ceasing by the end of this month.The board currently estimates it will book impairment and other termination costs of RMB1,352 million in the year ending 30 June.The company.....


Savasun South Africa expects 111 million boxes of citrus
Volume of South African Navels slightly less than last year
Three weeks ago the first South African satsumas arrived, followed by the clementines and lemons. Last week the first Navels arrived. The drought has meant that the volume of the navels is slightly less than last year. All in all the South African citrus growers and Savasun South Africa look towards the 2016.....

Spain: Citrus export campaign to China extended until 30 June
The Deputy General Department of Health Agreements and Border Control (SGASCF) of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Magrama, has announced the extension of the export season to China.The Department has issued a statement extending the duration of the citrus export campaign to China.....


William Willems: "Perfect connection almost impossible"
End of Spanish citrus season causes shortages
The Spanish citrus season is coming to an end. There are still some small volumes coming in, but not much can be found on the market. Looking back at the season, William Willems of Central Fruit from Brussels is satisfied. "We had a very good season for our Cibel Citrus, in terms of volume, price and.....

Spain: Mogalla handling 25 million kilos of oranges
The fruit and vegetable centre that Mogalla owns in the farm La Mogayuela de Cartaya is facing the final leg of an orange campaign which has been marked by a 25 to 30% decline in the production compared to 2015.The high temperatures recorded during the previous spring prevented a normal development of the.....

Honduras continues to strengthen citrus exports
Honduras continues to strengthen citrus exports as the Citrus Growers Association of Sonaguera Colon (Acison) will ship its first two containers with pineapple orange to the European islands of Martinique and Aruba.The orange being exported meets phytosanitary requirements and is free of the Mediterranean.....


Growing importance of Argentinean lemons in Greek market
800x600 The Central Fruit and Vegetable Market of Thessaloniki was founded in 1975. Originally run by the Greek government until 1998, it was turned into a listed company, though still with the Greek administration as its sole shareholder. About 800 tons of fruit and vegetables are traded.....

AU: Victoria's citrus harvest begins
Australian news site abc.net.au reports that Victoria's citrus harvest has kicked off in the north-west, and mose of the fruit is to be exported.The Mildura Fruit Company, one of Australia's largest packing sheds, has begun processing the fruit.Between 80,000 and 100,000 tonnes of citrus fruit will be.....

Kenyan fruit farmers competing with imports
Fruits like oranges, grapes and apples are being bought from Kenya's neighbouring countries, especially Tanzania, creating stiff competition for Kenya's own fruit farmers in Nyeria. Farmers in high altitude areas where oranges do well, are not supplying enough of the fruit, a problem attributed to climate.....

200% greater production compared to the four previous years
Spain: Increase in Nadorcott production and lower price at origin
The technical services of Valencia's La Unió de Llauradors (Growers' Association) have produced a report showing how the production of the hybrid mandarin Nadorcott has been increasing over recent seasons and, conversely, how the price received by those growing it has declined steadily.Except for a small.....


Joey Deen: "Rain in Brazil, Mexico sending more to US"
Extremely low supply of limes in Europe
The supply of limes from Brazil and Mexico is extremely low at the moment. "The volumes are around the same as the figures in 2014. We looked at our latest export figures this morning and see that compared to the same export week last year, 42% less has been exported to Europe. Only 71 containers were.....

US (CA): Public comment sought on citrus quarantine proposals
The California citrus industry wantsAsian citrus psyllid quarantinerule changes and is thus asking growers and nursery owners to comment on the proposals.The last in a series of scoping meetings to discuss proposed changes to the ACP and Huanglongbing regulations under the state’s Food and Agriculture Code.....

US: New product released to help fight citrus greening
H.J. Baker, a global agriculture firm, has launched Tiger Greening Guard citrus mix- a new product backed by University of Florida research, which could help citrus growers with Huanglongbing in their groves.Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease, is the No.1 threat to the citrus industry.H.J......

US (FL): Citrus dept. releases reduced budget
The Department of Citrus released its proposed $20.6 million budget Monday 16 May, for next fiscal year. The proposed spending plan would be 31.9 percent below the current year's $30.3 million operating budget and the departments staff would shrink from 39 to 23, to meet the demands of the troubled.....

Orri sees increase in popularity in France
"Topfruits increased the amount of Orri mandarins it bought from Israel this season, and they hope to further increase tonnage in future years. The mandarin is popular in Europe, and the shipper will look to capitalize on that going forward."We did a very good season with the Orri," noted Pierre Athiel.....

Nagpur's new orange crop policy
Nagpur is developing a new integrated policy for orange crops, which aims to deal with yield improvement, better water usage and a marketing campaign to promote Nagpur Oranges. The new policy was discussed by a study group for establishing orange processing and industry at a meeting in Nagpur on Tuesday 17th.....


Marianela Rodríguez:
Peru: "Spain's lower citrus production has been good for us"
The Satsuma mandarin season will be coming to an end in the coming weeks with some conflicting results. While high temperatures took a toll to some extent on the level of acidity and colour of the skin at the beginning of the season, this didn't result in a lower demand for the fruit. "Demand is stable and.....

Impact of drought, salt water intrusion
Mekong Delta fruit prices rise
Drought and salt water intrusion in the Mekong Delta has caused a decline in fruit output, while the demand has increased, equating in higher prices.Nguyen Van Thuc, Vice Chairman of the Hoa Loc Mango Co-operative in Tien Giang province’s Cai Be district, said his co-operative was buying Hoa Loc mango at a.....

US (CA): Hearing to discuss HLB threat
On Tuesday 17 May, a hearing is taking place in Sacramento to discuss the threat huanglongbing poses to California’s commercial and home citrus. The bacteria, more often referred to as “HLB,” is spread by Asian citrus psyllids when they feed on the leaves and stems of infected trees and spread to bacteria to.....

Spain: Peach and nectarine production to fall by 15%
The first available data, exclusively from the early peach and nectarine production areas (Murcia and Andalusia), point to a 15% reduction compared to last season, as reported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment in a statement.The General Director of Producciones y Mercados Agrarios.....

Adds sweet, bitter and acidic flavors to dishes and drinks
Oregon Fruit Products launches blood orange fruit puree
On May 9th, Oregon Fruit Products announced a new Fruit In Hand flavor for the beverage and culinary industry: blood orange velvet, a smooth puree of red-orange colored blood orange juice and pulp with sweet notes reminiscent of navel oranges, but also a tinge of bitterness and acidity.“From independent.....

Bangladesh to invest in Bhutanese fruit, veg processing
Bangladesh is the main buyer of Bhutan’s oranges and apples; now the country wants to invest in fruit and vegetable processing industries there and do the final packaging in Bangladesh.President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), Abdul Matlub Ahmad, shared this in an.....


Regulation 2015/1910 entered into force on 13 May
EU bans entry of citrus from third countries treated with guazatine
On 13 May 2016, Regulation (EU) No 2015/1910 of the Commission, establishing the new MRLs for guazatine, came into force, and therefore, from this date onwards the limit stands at 0.05 mg/kg. In practice, this entails the inability for EU countries to import citrus treated with this active substance. The.....


San Miguel acquired over 1,400 hectares
Argentinian citrus expands in South Africa
San Miguel, one of the leading citrus producers in Argentina, has started this year with good prospects. While the corporation first expanded in Uruguay in 2003 and in 2008 it started its activities in South Africa, this year's development will be especially significant. Through its subsidiary San Miguel.....

UK: New fruit discovery could treat diseases
University of Warwick researchers have found that a combination of two compounds found in red grapes and oranges could be used to improve the health of people with diabetes, and reduce cases of obesity and heart disease.A team led by Paul Thornalley, Professor in Systems Biology at Warwick Medical School,.....

Mexico: Lime prices to increase again
Lime prices in general and in retail stores are expected to continue to increase. Currently a ton of limes costs more than six thousand pesos, which affects the consumer's pocket but gives relief to the producers, who produce more than four thousand hectares in the central area of the entity.The deputy.....


"Distributors increasingly buying more from overseas"
Early finish for Spanish oranges with record prices
The prices at origin of late orange varieties range from 60 to 70 cents per kilo, depending on calibres and qualities. These high prices are due mainly to the decline in their production, of about 40%, which will result in the campaign finishing earlier than usual."Thanks to us buying well in advance, the.....

Spain: Castellon's citrus sector discovers "new markets" in China
Castellon's citrus companies have discovered a "new market" in China this season, as highlighted by the president of the provincial association of exporters (Asociex), Jorge García, and confirmed by ICEX figures. Until last year, the export to China during most seasons was virtually non-existent (only about.....

Argentina: Rosario shipping citrus from Tucuman again
Carlos Chuit, the director of Portar, stated that "Last week we shipped the first three containers with more than 20 tons of lemons per container, and expectations are very promising." "The shipment departed from Porting. The containers were checked by customs in Portar and were sent to the port where they.....

Spain: Citrus acreage falling by 5,000 hectares per season
Immaculada Sanfelíu, of the Citrus Exporters' Management Committee, revealed in a conference on the present and future of Spain's orange production that, over the past five years, the acreage devoted to the fruit's production has been falling at a rate of about 5,000 hectares per campaign.This entails a.....

Spanish-Italian-French Citrus Contact Group established in Paris
The Citrus Fruit Contact Group between Spain, France and Italy was established on May 3rd at FranceAgriMer in Paris.16 representatives of French and Spanish producers took part, while Italy was represented by Elena Albertini, who also represents Alleanza delle Cooperative and is the Citrus fruit coordinator.....

Gisborne tops NZ's citrus production
A grower survey conducted by New Zealand Citrus Growers Incorporated has confirmed that Gisborne is the number one citrus growing region in the country — by a long way.The NZCGI “snapshot” survey indicates there are 330 citrus growers in New Zealand with more than a million citrus trees and 1659 hectares in.....

US (CA): What's going on with Tulare County crops?
Tulare County is a county located in the U.S. state of California. The county grows various crops such as apricots, cherries, grapes, citrus, melons, berries and vegetables. Produce from the state is consumed domestically and exported all over the world. Below is Tulare County's crop report.Deciduous tree.....

Hawaiian farm buys 500 acres from Dole Food Co.
On Tuesday 10 May, the head of West Oahu-based Aloun Farms announced that the company had purchased nearly 500 acres of agricultural lands in Central Oahu from Dole Food Co.Terms of the deal were undisclosed. The former site of the pineapple fields operated by Dole and located near the Helemano Military.....

US (CA): Citrus psyllid found in Tracy
The discovery in Tracy, California, of the feared crop pest, the Asian citrus psyllid, mobilized local, state and federal farm officials, Tuesday 3rd May. A single Asian citrus psyllid was identified in the area of Lammers and Valpico roads in Tracy on April 27; government experts are now setting out traps.....

US (FL): Citrus legal battle still not over
On Wednesday 4th May a South Florida appeals court turned down constitutional arguments aimed at forcing the state to pay an $8 million judgment, along with millions of dollars in interest and attorney's fees, to 58,225 homeowners who are part of a class-action lawsuit. This comes eight years after the state.....


Establish sales, marketing strategy, confirm arrival of first vessel in June
Summer Citrus from South Africa successful 2016
Representatives from across the U.S. and Western Cape recently attended the 2016 US Annual Planning Meeting hosted by Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA), formerly the Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum (WCCPF). Critical members of the global supply chain presented topics ranging from sales and.....


At Cibus (Parma - Italy), from 9 to 12 May
Oranfrizer: we grow the future of citrus
Tarocco Sant'AlfioThe Sicilian citrus company, in this new edition of the Parma's Exhibition (Cibus 2016), will show to the visitors a selection of grafts, the earliest flowering buds that give rise to new citrus trees. Everybody will approach the selection of small mother plants to discover "the citrus of.....

US (CA): Citrus Psyllid- a learning opportunity for students
Although the citrus disease Huanglongbing and the Asian Citrus Psyllid, the insect that carries it, are devastating citrus tree in some US states, it is also presenting a great learning opportunity for students.The citrus orchards at Cal Poly State University in California are under quarantine. Just less.....


A very different citrus harvest for South Africa
"We are finding ourselves in a situation which we are not normally in"
The citrus harvest in Citrusdal in South Africa's Western Cape is running around a week early this year, this means they are starting harvest at the same time as the Marblehall area in the north of the country who are running two and a half weeks late."We are finding ourselves in a situation which we are not.....

Grapefruit bursting with health benefits
Grapefruit are most well known for their diet-friendly, low-calorie qualities, but the citrus fruit is also a great source of vitamins and nutrients.A relative newcomer among citrus fruits, the grapefruit wasn't discovered until the 18th century in Barbados. Though its origins were a mystery for years, many.....

US (CA): Proposed Argentinian lemon imports worry growers
The USDA is proposing to allow lemon imports from Argentina. The news angers and concerns California citrus officials, who believe that it will expose the U.S. to potential pests and diseases.Joel Nelsen, president of California Citrus Mutual in Exeter, said in a statement Friday 6 May, “Today while the.....


Argentina: "The entry of our lemons to the US market is promising"
The United States is a growing market for lemons, but, despite this fact, exports of Argentinian lemons to this destination had been banned since 2001. Given this situation, the current Argentinian government did not hesitate to take action on the matter and start negotiations to reopen the market. The.....


Two and half weeks later than normal
South Africa: "Everyone is waiting for the Star Ruby"
The harvest of Star Ruby and Navels in the Northern region of South Africa is going to be around two and half weeks later than normal according to Gary Britz from Ele Trading. "A lot of the fruit is still green so we are waiting to get a bit of colour in it. It has been cooler today so that should help the.....