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Huge increase in demand for the ready to eat avocados
South African avocado grower/importer Halls is expecting the first main arrivals of South African avocados this week into Rotterdam. Greg Vicherat said that small volumes had arrived in week 13 but week 14 would see the start of the main volumes.Halls currently have over 1400 hectares of avocados under.....
South Africa to Monsanto:
GMO crops aren’t producing more sustainable food
South Africa’s Advertising Standards Authority has ordered biotech giant Monsanto to immediately withdraw an advertisement it’s been running on the country’s Radio 702 channel. The decision comes after the African Centre for Biosafety submitted a complaint to the ASA after the ad was aired and found to be.....
“South Africa; making a difference with fruit”
UK school children make South African collage to help South African school
The South African fruit industry is asking schoolchildren around the UK to design a collage on farming in South Africa – and help schools in the country in the process.The Help a South African School competition invites classes to put together a beautiful collage with the title: “South Africa; making a.....
Career fairs in South Africa underline need for students pursuing agriculture
In an effort to establish a skilled workforce within the fresh produce industry, the Produce Marketing Association Foundation for Industry Talent will partner with Stellenbosch University (SU) and the University of Pretoria (UP) to host two South Africa Agri-Food Career and Bursary Fairs. The events come at.....
First organic pomegranates arils directly from South Africa
Ganico has teamed up with Adel Fresh Fruit to export the first organic arils from South Africa. The organic arils will be marketed under the Ganico brand to Europe, Canada and the Far East. As 2014 will be the first harvesting season, the expected volume is to be 5 tons of arils, which are packed in 75g.....
South African Cheeky pear a hit in Eurpoe
The family of South African bred pears has a new addition, Cheeky®! Bred and Developed by Agricultural Research Council within South Africa and marketed and commercialized by Culdevco (Pty) Limited.The new red blush pear variety is currently being grown on 350 hectares in the Western Cape. "At the moment.....
John Mac Donald, Safmarine
"Shipping is a bit like a good marriage, you can't always win"
South African shipping company Safmarine started out way back in 1946 with the first ship arriving from North America at Cape town. From these humble beginnings Safmarine now offers 12 different services a week in and out of Southern Africa alone.Safmarine now operates out of Cape Town, Durban, Port.....
Africa: Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) talks with EU continue
Namibia will only sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) after the conclusion of negotiations between EU and African leaders, set to take place in Brazil next month.This was revealed by President Hifikepunye Pohamba during his visit to Aussenkehr farms, following concerns.....
South Africa has new fruit train to Capetown
A new train service between South Africa’s north-east growing region and Cape Town, on the south-west coast, looks set to give the country’s citrus logistics industry a welcome boost.Delegates at Cool Logistics Africa heard last week that from mid-May a weekly fruit train will run between Tzaneen, north-east.....
Global Fresh Technology expands South African presence
Anticipating a market that is ripe for expansion, Global Fresh Technology Group has strengthened their presence in the South African market. Partnering with Halden Packaging in Cape Town, GFT will provide more of their packaging and post-harvest products and expertise to South African clients.“Instead of.....
Successful Undercover Farming Conference in Pretoria:
South Africa eager to learn about high tech horticulture
Last week the third edition of the Undercover Farming Expo & Conference took place in Pretoria. According to the event's organizer Johan Swiegers, the conference was a successful experience for the exhibitors and speakers. Despite the bad weather, no too many visitors attended the show, but the quality.....
South Africa: Popularity of kumquats increasing
Premier Fruits is an export agent for 3 South African growers of kumquats, collectively they produce 180,000 cartons of the exotic fruit on around 30 hectares in the North East of the country.The main destinations are Europe and the UK. Stephen Beghin from Premier Fruit explains that the South African.....
Seven Seas bringing South African produce to the world
For over a decade, Seven Seas, a leading distributor of fresh fruit from South Africa, has been shipping their fresh produce to all of the major markets around the world.“South Africa is one of the leading producers of fresh fruit globally,” said Greg Reinauer, President of Seven Seas. “South Africa.....
Italy: South African grapes available between January and May
"The main dealers of South African grapes in the Bologna wholesale market have a wide variety of produce available, although none of it is certified organic," explains Roberto Piazza, director of Fedagromercati Acmo."There are Thomson, Sugraone and Vittoria white grapes, DBH (Den Ben Hannah) red-black grapes.....