Chilean orange shipments concern South African exporters

06/12/2009 03:27:17 PM
Chris Koger

Smit said exporters are seeking stronger partnerships with U.S. retailers to promote their clementines, navels and midknights.

By next season, South African shippers might have another citrus item to promote — grapefruit.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which clears areas based on phytosanitary issues, is considering a request for the Orange River district (which borders Namibia), which specializes in grapefruit.

News Editor Chris Koger visited South Africa’s citrus production areas courtesy the Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum in late May.

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