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South Africa: farm strike intensifies in Western Cape

November 12th, 2013

Arson and arrests were reported in relation to farm strikes in South Africa’s Western Cape yesterday.

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South Africa: renewed action marks one-year anniversary of farm strikes

November 11th, 2013

A reported 4,000 farm workers went on strike last week, affecting a major Western Cape fruit producer.

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South African farm workers shout to be heard

November 8th, 2013

A year on from South Africa’s vineyard strikes, farm workers say they’ve had enough of politics.

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South African table grape forecast on track with last season

November 4th, 2013

Despite frosts in the Orange River Region, South Africa is expected to maintain table grape volume.

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South Africa: citrus industry welcomes black spot response

October 28th, 2013

In the ongoing citrus black spot debate, the South African industry has praised a report critical of EU analysis.

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South African table grape industry highlights labor compliance

October 28th, 2013

As a new season nears, the South African table grape industry emphasized respect for labor laws.

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As South African season nears, grape markets remain full

October 25th, 2013

South African grapes could meet greater competition this year from Brazil and Europe.

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South African stonefruit enters concerned European market

October 24th, 2013

A low supply forecast out of South America has meant high interest in South African stonefruit.

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South African frosts mean job and volume loss for grape sector

October 16th, 2013

September frosts could mean 15,000 jobs lost in South Africa’s Orange River grape industry.

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Asda named U.K.’s top South African stonefruit retailer

October 8th, 2013

Asda has been recognized for more than 40% sales growth for South African peaches, nectarines and plums.

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Avocado prices dip on saturated European market

October 4th, 2013

South African avocado growers reported low prices as Peru remains on the European market.

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Mixed conditions for South African grape development

September 26th, 2013

South Africa’s biggest grape regions have been affected by a mix of frosts and cold weather.

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South African citrus exporters see continued U.S. Midwest expansion

September 23rd, 2013

The WCCPF expects a strong finish for South African citrus in the U.S. this year.

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South Africa: Hortgro calls for compliance in ag industry

September 17th, 2013

South Africa’s Hortgro encouraged support of the SIZA audit system to avoid worker abuse.

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South African citrus growers aim to improve China protocol

September 16th, 2013

South African fruit industry representatives were made to feel very welcome during a recent visit with Chinese quarantine officials.

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South Africa: shack walls provide source of fresh produce

September 9th, 2013

Designer Stephen Lamb asks how fresh produce can be provided to South Africa’s poorest populations.

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South Africa: Capespan offers financing for fruit producers

September 5th, 2013

South Africa’s Capespan is now offering a financial alternative for fruit producers and exporters.

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The Grape Escape: from South Africa to smartphones

September 3rd, 2013

Through a new phone app, Gary the Grape takes children from South Africa’s vineyards to the supermarket.

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Agent system connects supply chain across South Africa

August 29th, 2013

Maine Daniels of RSA Agents takes us through the Cape Town Market trading floor.

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South African citrus waits in limbo on EU market

August 28th, 2013

With five black spot interceptions, South African citrus exporters are wondering whether they’ll be blocked from the EU.

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Niche melon variety gets test run in South Africa

August 22nd, 2013

The Piel de Sapo melon is venturing out of its traditional growing territory into Southern Africa.

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Southern Africa’s fruit hub focuses in on client care

August 21st, 2013

The Joburg Market is already Africa’s biggest fresh produce platform. Now it wants to be one of the safest.

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South Africa loses citrus access to Vietnam

August 20th, 2013

Category confusion has blocked South African citrus to Vietnam this season.

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Human capital must lead South African ag, says Karaan

August 19th, 2013

University of Stellenbosch’s Mohammed Karaan says South African agriculture needs to be advanced and humane.

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Retailers urged to commit to fair trade

August 19th, 2013

Agrofair has called on European retailers to renew commitment to ethically-traded fruit and vegetables, despite the continent’s economic situation.

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South Africa: as pocketbooks grow, retail follows

August 16th, 2013

Bryan Silbermann and Jan DeLyser reflect on Africa’s outstanding retail potential and expectations for growth.

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South Africa: produce packaging leads the way

August 15th, 2013

Lisa Cork and Jacques Coetzee discussed the importance of packaging at PMA Fresh Connections: Southern Africa.

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Port congestion delays citrus out of South Africa

August 9th, 2013

Scheduling issues in South Africa’s port in Durban are causing headaches for citrus exporters.

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South Africa: Cape Town’s “vegetable basket” under urban pressure

August 5th, 2013

Farming proponents have contested a proposed residential development on horticultural land near Cape Town.

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South African citrus industry looks to India, China

July 30th, 2013

South African citrus exporters are looking to new markets as the future of trade with Europe remains in doubt.

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South Africa on track to fulfill avocado expectations

July 24th, 2013

South Africa’s Derek Donkin describes a strong avocado campaign, fit to compete with Peru.

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South Africa expresses citrus concerns in EU trade talks

July 18th, 2013

South Africa will look to address ctirus and a growing trade imbalance in talks with the European Union.

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Favorable exchange rate could raise South African citrus exports

June 20th, 2013

A USDA report has highlighted an expected increase for South African citrus exports, provided the European Union doesn’t close its doors.

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South Africa: an emerging market for fair trade agriculture

June 14th, 2013

Fairtrade Label South Africa’s Arianna Baldo explains the potential of emerging markets as fair trade consumers.

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E.U. considers South African citrus import halt, says ambassador

June 11th, 2013

South Africa’s Ambassador to Belgium has publicly raised the issue of European Union protectionism towards his country’s citrus exports.

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Organic pomegranates gain ground in South Africa

May 29th, 2013

South Africans are getting a lesson in how to grow and eat organic pomegranates.

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South Africa: older people most at risk of farm attacks

May 24th, 2013

A new book chronicles thousands of farm attack victims in South Africa.

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South Africa: citrus build-up brings Port of Durban delays

May 13th, 2013

Stock build-up and “system failure” led to delays for South African citrus exports.

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South African citrus feels uncertainty from China, E.U.

May 6th, 2013

The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa highlighted concerns over the Chinese and European markets.

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South Africa: trading platform brings fruit sellers online

April 30th, 2013

South Africa’s Farm Gate Exchange connects buyers and sellers through an online platform.

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Markets remain uncertain for South African citrus exports

April 24th, 2013

Doubt from the European Union and China has created new questions for South African citrus.

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South Africa: payment talks key to unlocking raisin potential

April 10th, 2013

South African weather has been ideal for raisin production, but will packers be able to buy the fruit?

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Grape packing nears an end in South Africa

March 21st, 2013

To date, South Africa table grape exports are slightly down but compare well to previous years.

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South Africa: strong growth for Williams and Cripps Pink in 2013

March 13th, 2013

Jacques du Preez discusses South Africa’s pome fruit season and facing industry challenges.

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South Africa prepares for major avocado competition from Peru

February 28th, 2013

South Africa anticipates lower avocado production this season and increased volume pressure from Peru.

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South African grape exports play catch-up

February 26th, 2013

South Africa’s grape intakes are now slightly up year-on-year in recovery from strike setbacks.

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South Africa: new farm strikes threatened pending wage deadline

February 25th, 2013

South Africa may have more strikes in the works if farmers do not honor the new minimum wage.

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Wind of change blowing for South Africa

February 19th, 2013

FPEF CEO Anton Kruger talks about South Africa’s pipeline of infrastructure projects and governmental value-add plans.

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South Africa hopes for better EU rules on citrus black spot

February 13th, 2013

South Africa has its work cut out to overcome tightening European Union rules on citrus black spot disease.

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South Africa announces new farm worker minimum wage

February 5th, 2013

A 52% increase in the farm worker minimum wage has been met with praise and resistance in South Africa.

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South African grape exports down on 2011-12 so far

January 30th, 2013

South Africa’s grape packing is going at “full steam” in remaining areas but total exports are markedly lower than last year.

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South Africa: end to strike should clear road for fruit exports

January 24th, 2013

A call back to normal operations has put South Africa’s fruit industry back on track, at least for the moment.

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A balancing act for South African citrus exporters

January 22nd, 2013

The challenge for South African citrus growers this season will be to maintain quality expectations under strict export standards.

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Catch-22 for South Africa’s farming costs

January 21st, 2013

A South African organization has warned against increased farm labor costs amid social strife over wages.

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South Africa: industry reps fear for future of black farmers

January 15th, 2013

A South African fruit chamber warns an extended strike could push black farmers out of the fruit business.

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South Africa: labor unrest hits ag ahead of more public hearings

January 14th, 2013

Demonstrations are once again shaking South Africa’s fruit industry and sparking public concern.

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Labor union threatens South African fruit industry with boycott

January 9th, 2013

South African producers face another difficult week ahead with the possibility of strikes and boycott.

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South Africa experiences mixed season for table grapes

January 8th, 2013

Rains and further strike possibilities could hurt South African table grape output, in an otherwise good season.

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South African citrus continues on road to recovery

December 26th, 2012

After damaging hail storms, South African citrus is entering another year of upward movement.

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New invasive fly detected in northern South Africa

December 17th, 2012

The fruit fly Bactrocera invadens has been detected again in South Africa, prompting quarantine action.

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Opinion: understanding South Africa’s farm strikes

December 14th, 2012

Agri Wes-Cape’s Porchia Adams explains the impact of Western Cape labor unrest.


Farm training initiative promotes South African food security

December 12th, 2012

South Africa’s Agri Gauteng hopes to ease severe unemployment through home gardening.

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South Africa: big volume and delays for stonefruit

December 11th, 2012

South Africa may have record stonefruit output but will miss the peak European export window.

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South Africa farm worker strike suspended until Jan. 9

December 5th, 2012

Farm workers in South Africa’s Western Cape are back at work after a negotiation extension.

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Tesco receives South African stonefruit award

December 4th, 2012

Tesco has been named the South African Stone Fruit Retailer of the Year 2012.

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South Africa trains HIV/AIDS patients in farming

November 30th, 2012

South Africa will train people living with HIV/AIDS in farming for local markets.

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South Africa: Zille calls for defense force presence in farm areas

November 29th, 2012

The Western Cape’s premier says the national defense force is needed to quell violence on farms.

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South Africa faces key week for farm labor talks

November 28th, 2012

Farm labor findings will be considered at key negotiations in South Africa this week.

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Disaster relief requested for South African drought

November 26th, 2012

Drought in South Africa’s Northern Cape could threaten the livelihood of local farmers.

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South Africa: unified norms encouraged in face of labor unrest

November 21st, 2012

The Sustainability Initiative of South Africa seeks to unify industry standards and avoid labor confusion.

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South Africa: Western Cape strike leads to protester death and call to order

November 15th, 2012

Farm strikes in South Africa entered another confusing day marred by violence on Wednesday.

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Program introduces South African students to citrus industry

November 14th, 2012

South African high school students are earning hands-on farming skills in a new citrus program.

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South Africa vineyard talks stall as tensions rise

November 12th, 2012

Vineyard labor negotiations came to deadlock as finger-pointing continued in South Africa.

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South African grape vineyards torched during protests

November 8th, 2012

Vineyards in South Africa were burned down after protests with possible political roots.

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South Africa grape projections on course as early harvest begins

November 1st, 2012

Cold weather set back the South Africa grape harvest but output should stay on course with last year.

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South Africa’s bearable 2012 citrus deal

October 31st, 2012

South Africa has five months to tackle a raft of issues threatening its citrus growers.

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South Africa misses peak price window for blueberries

October 29th, 2012

Cold weather has set the South African blueberry season back by about three weeks.

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South African president sparks further land reform debate

October 24th, 2012

The ability to fairly redistribute land in South Africa and integrate new farmers has come under fire once.

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Favorable weather drives uptick in SA stonefruit forecast

October 22nd, 2012

South Africa is set to grow around one million more cartons of stonefruit this coming season.

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South Africa anticipates good season for mango production

October 19th, 2012

Subtrop’s Rudolf Badenhorst says South Africa looks to be in for a good mango harvest in December.

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South Africa launches standardized audits for fruit industry

October 18th, 2012

South Africa’s fruit industry has sought to eliminate duplication with one auditing standard.

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South African stonefruit volumes ‘promising’

October 17th, 2012

South Africa is gearing up for high stonefruit volumes this season as new orchards come on stream.

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“Taste of South Africa” bolsters U.S. presence for SA citrus

October 16th, 2012

Walmart stores in the U.S. northeast have begun a sales drive for South African oranges.

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South African table grape exports set to surpass last season’s

October 15th, 2012

Growers and exporters in South Africa are expecting record volumes and are bullish about market prospects.

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South African road strikes come to a close

October 12th, 2012

South Africa’s transport union and employers association have reached a deal that puts strikes to an end.

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South Africa faces logistics headache following failure in pay talks

October 10th, 2012

South Africa faces the prospect of continued transport strikes after union talks hit a roadblock yesterday.

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SA truck driver strike could extend to trains and ports

October 9th, 2012

South Africa’s truck drivers’ strike is entering its third week and could extend to other modes of transport.

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South African nursery on cusp of sweet grapefruit success

October 8th, 2012

A South African family is on the cusp of commercializing an unusually sweet grapefruit variety.

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SA truck strike is hitting fresh produce retailers hard

October 5th, 2012

South African and Namibian stores will have hardly any fruit as the truck drivers’ strike enters its third week.

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SA: El Niño set to spark an unusually dry summer

October 5th, 2012

South Africa’s predicted dry summer could benefit grape growers this season.

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Poor weather prompts SA peach and nectarine export delay

October 1st, 2012

South African growers are hoping for hotter weather to avoid smaller-sized stonefruit this season.

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South African blueberry volumes set to rise by 30%

October 1st, 2012

South African growers are increasing their exports to U.K. supermarkets in the run up to Christmas.

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SA fruit industry launches U.K. ethical promo campaign

September 28th, 2012

South African fruit growers will emphasize the ethical aspect of production in a bid to increase U.K. sales.

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El Niño effects still uncertain for South Africa

September 13th, 2012

Northeastern South Africa’s fruit farmers are hoping El Niño won’t lead to a rain-starved summer.

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SA joint venture to create giant lab for fruit diagnostics

September 10th, 2012

Enza Zaden joins forces with Expressive Research to expand fruit diagnostic lab in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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SA mango flowering could herald promising season

September 6th, 2012

South Africa is working on increasing its mango exports by gaining market access to India and China.

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South African grape wrangle resolved

September 5th, 2012

A controversial table grape ownership dispute was settled last week in South Africa’s Court of Appeal.

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South African growers’ group launches deciduous fruit training videos

August 31st, 2012

Emerging farmers now have access to decidious fruit training videos available online.

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South Africa: Agri SA and Cosatu join forces in shared goals

August 30th, 2012

South Africa’s largest trade union Costau and Agri SA have finally met to discuss common challenges.

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New technology helps for optimal fruit ripeness

August 28th, 2012

Postharvest expert Deirdre Holcroft outlines how new science is helping fruit stay in tiptop condition.

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