Tuesday, 12 April 2016

South African organic lemon growers suspend exports to Europe

As the South African citrus industry gears up for the 2016 export deal, a portion of growers have made a sacrifice for the sector's greater good with a vow to stay out of the European market this season. Over the past three years the Citrus Growers Association (CGA) and other agencies have worked with European authorities to reduce interceptions of citrus black spot (CBS) - a key issue of concern for the Spanish, Italian and other Mediterranean citrus industries. As a result, interceptions of the disease fell from 35 in 2013 to 15 last year, when the CGA decided to withdraw organic lemon exports midway through the season in a bid to keep numbers down.