Special South Africa

Stronger demand for vegetables than fruit

Domestic apple prices at 10 year low as South Africa eases lockdown restrictions

South Africa has announced that its lockdown restrictions will move from level 5 - with some of the strictest regulations in the world, including a ban on cigarette and alcohol sales - to level 4, coming into effect on 1 May. The roll-back of restrictions start from Friday, but a curfew from ten at night…

John Giles - Promar International

What next for the South African fruit sector?

The South African fruit sector has had a tough time of it over the last few years, but has normally been able bounce back and show its highly resilient nature. This has been in the face of very severe drought in parts of the country, issues with labour and in some cases attempts at land reclamation and…

Cape Crops will continue specialising on fruit trade with the Middle East

New division Riyp at Cape Crops to focus on UK veg exports

This year their vegetable exports will probably exceed their fruit exports, and for this reason the company has decided to restructure and split its focus in two: newly created entity Riyp which will take care of vegetable exports to the United Kingdom, while Cape Crops will continue to look after the…

Logistics could affect South African citrus exports

How the current COVID-19 pandemic could potentially affect South African citrus exports to North America remains to be seen. From a supply perspective, Mark Greenberg of Capespan North America Inc. in Montreal, Canada says that from a production standpoint, the upcoming season looks good. “Production is…

Juan-Ivan Smuts, Lucerne Fresh

South African fruit & veg exporter benefits from high demand on bulk-veg products

Lucerne Fresh is busy with the tail-end of their butternut harvest in an export season that benefited them on two counts: Northern Hemisphere butternut production ended early as a result of quality issues from heavy rains in the production areas, and much reduced carry-over stock. Juan-Ivan Smuts,…

Availability of spare parts for packhouse equipment & labour movement pose problems

Big year for soft citrus at Sitrusrand

An exceptional clementine season has started at Sitrusrand, in terms of both volumes and quality, inside and out. “It’s a miracle, actually,” laughs Attie Janse van Rensburg, at how well everything has come together for them on clementines this year. He placed a picture of their new clementines on social…

Trevor Dukes – The Fruit Farm Group South Africa

Balanced size distribution a marketing positive for South African avocados

The apple season is coming to its late harvest in the Cape for The Fruit Farm Group South Africa. “It’s a very good crop of Pink Lady, particularly Rosy Glow which makes up a big part of our pome operations. Volumes are up and we’ve had a few cold snaps, so we’re comfortable we’re on track with colour.…

Crop update

A positive year for South African citrus amid a challenging shipping landscape

“This month marks the start of the 2020 South African citrus season that will prove interesting as we navigate the uncharted territory that COVID-19 has presented to us,” says Neil Truter, who manages Quality Assurance and Grower Relations at Vanguard’s South Africa headquarters. The country is under…

Statement by Justin Chadwick

Increased global demand for citrus bodes well for the 2020 export season

"As South Africa moves into its fourth week of a national lockdown, the citrus industry continues to focus on ensuring consumers have access to fresh citrus fruit while…

TOMRA opens South African headquarters

TOMRA has opened new regional headquarters in Johannesburg to strengthen its commitment to customers in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. This initiative is designed to enhance customer care through even better technical support, service, and training, and to ensure prompt availability of spare parts.…

South African top fruit industry is open for business

South African top and stone fruit growers association, Hortgro, announce that exports of apples and pears are continuing as planned, with volumes to the UK as expected and improved eating quality compared to last season. Although the industry is still running on schedule, they are inevitably facing…

First harvest of Inored apples in South Africa

The first Inored apple harvest has been taken off in the Witzenberg Valley above Ceres, impressing the South African pioneers of the French-bred open variety with its strong colour and low sunburn incidence. De Kock Hamman, technical advisor at Ceres Fruit Growers, saw the fruit on a visit to Italy in…

Smooth export flows at risk as lockdown is extended

It was no real surprise when President Cyril Ramaphosa last week announced an extension to the Covid-19 lockdown by another two weeks. South Africa's mortality rate due to the virus has remained low: 27 deaths, but it is inevitable that an infection spike is to follow, experts say. The big concern for…

AGI Frost Fans run at 15% of the cost of similar units

There is growing demand for frost prevention fans in the agricultural sector as growers invest in high risk/high return crops such as table grapes, citrus and avocados and recently wine vineyards. This is common practice in other parts of the world but is relatively new to South Africa. AGI Frost Fans…

'Strong first season for Bigbucks'

The new apple variety Bigbucks, the fruit of which is trademarked as Flash Gala™ has had a strong first harvest. With more than 1.5 million trees already in the ground, the full-red Gala apple, discovered by Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing’s New Variety Expert Buks Nel, has remained true to type with zero…

20% spike in South African lemon exports forecast

Early South African lemon exports double

Just over 3.6 million 15kg cartons lemons have been exported thus far in the lemon season, of which two-thirds have gone to the Middle East, traditionally one of the early markets for South African lemons. Lemons started early, the earliest start ever for some producers, and by week 15 exports are about…

David Marks - Levity Crop Science

Lono, the most protein at lowest carbon cost, now in South Africa

Not all forms of nitrogen are created equal, and British firm Levity Crop Science has identified the one that gives most protein at the lowest carbon cost: amine nitrogen, usually only temporarily available before the ubiquitous enzyme urease converts it to gaseous ammonia, quickly lost to the…

Lindie Stroebel, Mission Produce Southern Africa

Mission Produce brings South Africa into the fold

Mission Produce is enlarging its global footprint and is now expanding into Africa with an office in South Africa. To secure a twelve-month avocado supply for their clients across the world; origin of supply, distribution, ripening facilities and sales are being accordingly positioned. Mission Produce’s…

Elena Rogojnikova of Hagé International:

"Huge avocado sales to retailers, the pandemic affects exports more, and volatile exchange rates"

Last week, the Dutch company, Hagé International, started with the South African avocado season. This was done with its supplier there, Core Fruit. "We have had the ZZ2 brand on offer for years. It is very popular in the European Market. But, even our clients in Russia look forward to the arrival of this…

Formation underway of first South African Kiwi Growers’ Association

Empty European market exerts strong pull on early South African kiwis

When the South African gold kiwi season started this year by 15 February, it was a month before any other producer in the Southern Hemisphere. “Europe has been crying out for kiwifruit and struggling to find it. The heavy frosts during flowering May last year resulted in a low crop of yellow kiwis in the…

Andres Ribas van Oosterom (FruitOne Europe) looks ahead to overseas citrus season

"Huge demand for citrus, but supplies are being held up”

On the eve on the Southern Hemisphere’s citrus season, the coronavirus outbreak is already having a considerable impact. “The various lockdowns have social, financial, and economic consequences. There is an enormous demand for vitamin C, in general, and citrus fruit, in particular. However, at the same…


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