Photo: Eurofresh Distribution
South Africa’s 2021 citrus exports are expected to set another record, driven largely by late mandarins. The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) estimates 158.7 million cartons will be shipped in 2021, compared to 146 million in 2020 and 130 million in 2019, meaning a 22% export growth in just two years.
Eswatini and Zimbabwe combined have also increased their export figures from 3.9 million cartons in 2020, to an estimated 4.4 million cartons in 2021 – an increase of 13%. Navel oranges and lemons have shown a small increase since last year, while Valencia oranges (+5%) and grapefruit (+16%) have shown a stronger increase.