U.S. Congress, South Africa talk citrus - The Packer

U.S. Congress, South Africa talk citrus

08/17/2011 01:09:00 PM
Garth Sears

Courtesy Western Cape Citrus Producers ForumGerrit van der Merwe (left), chairman of the Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum, discusses the importance of the South African citrus program with South Africa’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ebrahim Rasool, at the Port of Gloucester City, NJ. South Africa’s ambassador to the U.S., Ebrahim Rasool, and his nation’s Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum hosted members of the U.S. Congress and other partners in the import business.

The meeting was in Philadelphia, and it highlighted the U.S.’s trade preferences to African countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, according to a Western Cape news release.

Rasool said that the act is helping a middle class emerge in Africa, spurring demand of American goods. He said in the release that his continent is stimulated by access to American markets, which in turn creates more buyers for American products.

South Africa is the world’s second largest exporter of citrus, producing 60% of all Southern Hemisphere citrus, according to the release. The Western Cape forum is a group of 350 growers approved to export citrus to the U.S.

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