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APHIS Authorizes Importation of Fresh Citrus Fruit from China

APHIS Authorizes Importation of Fresh Citrus Fruit from China

Published on May 13th, 2020
PRESS RELEASE

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is authorizing the importation of five types of commercially produced fresh citrus fruit from China into the continental United States. After thorough analysis, APHIS scientists determined that pummelo, Nanfeng honey mandarin, ponkan, sweet orange, and Satsuma mandarin fruit from China can be safely imported into the United States under a systems approach to protect against the introduction of plant pests. 

Orange prices remain high amidst strong demand for fruit and juice

Orange prices remain high amidst strong demand for fruit and juice

Published on May 07th, 2020

The current Coronavirus pandemic appears to have had a relatively small impact on the EU’s 2019/20 harvest, coming as it did at the end of the campaign. The total crop is projected to reach 6.2 million tons this season, according to data released by the EU Commission. This volume represents a 5% drop from the previous campaign, due to smaller yields. In recent weeks, demand has risen across the world for both oranges and orange juice as consumers look for sources of vitamin C to remain healthy.

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The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) grants protection for the Summer Prim lemon

The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) grants protection for the Summer Prim lemon

Published on Apr 29th, 2020

On the 6th of April, the CPVO decided to grant this community plant variety right through its EU Decision No. 54903, which will expire on the 31st of December, 2050. The intellectual property rights for Summer Prim that have been recently been recognised by this European Agency are valid throughout the European Union.

Spanish citrus prices normalise

Good South African citrus harvest, but challenging logistics

Good South African citrus harvest, but challenging logistics

Published on Apr 28th, 2020

 

April marks the start of the 2020 citrus season in South Africa, which will no doubt be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ports are reported to be operating at low levels, but packing of all fresh produce out of the country has so far continued uninterrupted, with farms and packing houses endeavouring to safeguard the working environment of over 120,000 workers.

Orri Running Committee joins Food 4 Heroes

Orri Running Committee joins Food 4 Heroes

Published on Apr 16th, 2020

 

The Orri Running Committee (ORC) association, made up of producers of the premium mandarin variety Orri, has joined the 'Food 4 Heroes' initiative and thanks to its mediation has donated nearly 1,000 kilos of this protected variety, which will be distributed among the professionals and patients of the field hospital installed on the IFEMA campus in Madrid.

Blocks on exports of Turkey’s lemons amid COVID-19

Blocks on exports of Turkey’s lemons amid COVID-19

Published on Apr 14th, 2020

The Turkish government has subjected lemons to export control due to the booming domestic demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. The restriction will continue until the end of August. In Turkey, lemons are mainly used for the production of cologne, which is used as an alcohol-based disinfectant in many aspects of life. They are also being consumed to boost immunity, thanks to their high content of Vitamin C. The booming demand has led to a sharp spike in lemon prices since the start of the outbreak.
 

World citrus community continues efforts to supply safe, high quality, nutritious citrus fruit to consumers around the world amid COVID-19 outbreak

World citrus community continues efforts to supply safe, high quality, nutritious citrus fruit to consumers around the world amid COVID-19 outbreak

Published on Apr 07th, 2020
6 April 2020, Press release

Amid the global outbreak of COVID-19, the world citrus community has stepped up its efforts to ensure the continuous supply of safe, healthy, and high-quality citrus fruit for consumers around the world. The global citrus sector has focused on ensuring the protection of workers across the chain, keeping global citrus production and supply going, and making sure that consumers have access to citrus fruit, essential for a nutritious and tasty diet.

Citrus Estimate for the 2020 season

Citrus Estimate for the 2020 season

Published on Mar 24th, 2020

Southern Africa is expected to export a record 143.3 million cartons of citrus fruit to over 100 countries in 2020. This is a 13% increase when compared to 2019, which saw 126.7 million cartons being exported, generating R20 billion in export revenue and creating 120 000 jobs.

This increase should translate into more job opportunities, foreign exchange revenue and will contribute towards national government’s goal of increased agricultural exports over the next few years.

World orange crop slumps

World orange crop slumps

Published on Feb 05th, 2020

 

The world’s total orange production for the 2019/20 season is projected to drop 11% to 47.5 million tons due to unfavourable growing conditions in Brazil, Egypt, the European Union, and Morocco, according to USDA data.  As a result, consumption, fruit for processing, and fresh exports are also expected to plummet.

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