South African and US authorities intend to form a technical task force to facilitate better access to the American market for South African agricultural products. This came out of a recent meeting between Thoko Didiza, minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, and Lana Marks, the US ambassador to South Africa.
In a statement released after the meeting, Didiza noted positive export results of citrus from South Africa to the US. As part of an export strategy. Her ministry is set to establish a technical team to facilitate market access for South African agricultural exports to the United States.
Didiza has expressed gratitude for the recent surge in export of citrus to the US market. Foodformzansi.co.za quoted her as saying: “Such increase is encouraging, and I hope it will translate to other agricultural products getting to the US markets.” She further remarked: “Increasing agricultural production is important for food security as well as contributing to the economy through trade.”
Fresh produce market analysis company Agronometrics illustrates how the US market for major citrus categories (grapefruit, lemons, oranges and limes) is evolving. The report shows that orange prices have grown substantially over the last few weeks and that they are well above 2019 levels. South Africa, apart from California and Chile, is the only supplier of oranges to the US market.