Coronavirus won’t put the squeeze on SA’s citrus industry

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Coronavirus won’t put the squeeze on SA’s citrus industry

Although ageing and idle infrastructure, plus labour issues, at SA ports remain a threat, says industry body

Bekezela Phakathi

New orchards coming into production and good rains have resulted in a record export season for SA and the region’s citrus industry.

Southern Africa is expected to export 143.3 million cartons of citrus fruit to more than 100 countries in 2020. This is a 13% increase when compared with 2019, during which 126.7 million cartons were exported, generating R20bn in export revenue and creating 120,000 jobs.

The increase in exports will boost foreign currency earnings and drive the national government’s goal of increasing agricultural exports over the next few years. SA remains the second-largest global exporter of citrus fruit after Spain...

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