SOUTH AFRICA: Record avocado exports expected in 2018

South Africa is expecting a sharp uptick in avocado exports this season to record levels of 66,000 metric tons (MT), compared to 43,700MT last year.   Subtrop CEO Derek Donkin attributed the rise to better growing conditions, an ‘on-year’ and new plantings coming into production.     “Last year’s crop was small as a result […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Stricter oversight of mango loving pest

The South African government is strengthening the regulatory framework to prevent and combat the spread of the Oriental fruit fly within the country.   The Department of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is alerting individuals‚ municipal authorities‚ traditional authorities‚ community members‚ farmers‚ fruit and vegetables industries and universities about amended Control Measures which have been […]