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South Africa looks for New Markets for Citrus, as EU threats with Imports Ban

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Thursday, 01 August 2013

South Africa looks for New Markets for Citrus, as EU threats with Imports Ban

South Africa is re-orientating its citrus fruits exports to new markets as China and India, after the European Union has threaten with an import ban in case it intercepts over five incidences of black spot – a fungus which causes blemishes on fruit – a year, Bloomberg informed on July 26.
“We do have a big problem in Europe,” said Pieter Nortje, chairman of the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa. Moreover, he showed himself sure that the threshold of 5 cases will be exceeded. The first incidence of citrus black spot for the year was reported last week following 39 interceptions in 2012, Nortje said. “It’s not a wake-up call, it’s been coming for 15 years, ” he added.
“We are not replacing the EU market,” South African Agriculture Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson is reported to have said. “We believe that India and China are the countries with the most opportunities, ” she added.
The EU accounts for 40 % ($308 million) of South Africa’s citrus exports.  It’s citrus fruit industry provides 60,000 permanent and up to 100,000 temporary jobs.
South Africa has also started shipping smaller quantities to other new markets, including Zimbabwe and South Korea.

Source: bloomberg.com