South Africa exports 2.2 million tons of citrus fruits this season

South Africa's citrus exports in 2020 will increase by 13% compared to last year to 143.3 million boxes or 2.2 million tons. It is reported by the FruitNews online portal.

It is specified that in 2019, suppliers shipped 126.7 million boxes or 1.9 million tons worth $ 1.2 billion to foreign markets. The growth in exports was mainly due to the expansion of industrial gardens and rains in production regions.

Valencia oranges (35%) make up the majority of the crop, followed by Navel oranges (19%), lemons (19%), tangerines (16%) and grapefruits (12%). Moreover, the highest growth is expected in the category of tangerines and lemons.

Mandarin production will increase by a total of 28%. In particular, in the Boland region, volumes will grow by 12% compared to last year's crop. Exponential growth is also expected in the northern regions of Burgersfort, Senves and Hoedspruit.

The harvest of lemons in the Sunday Valley will exceed production in 2019 by 18% and amount to 12 million boxes or 180 thousand tons. In the northern regions of Mbombela and Burgersfort, the yield will increase by 40% -55%.

Although industry participants were confident that the 2020 season would be successful, circumstances that were completely independent of manufacturers could affect the export situation. This includes, among other things, the spread of coronavirus (Covid 2019), and the impact of the pandemic on global logistics. Soon, export recovery to China is expected.

South African suppliers are worried about the situation in the EU, where there may be a decrease in demand and container shortages by the start of the export season in May. Another possible threat is outdated infrastructure and staff shortages in ports. The Association of Citrus Producers of South Africa (CGA) is actively cooperating with the transport company Transnet, whose representatives have taken measures to improve the workflow, including the purchase of equipment for the ports of Elizabeth and Durban. [...]

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The situation with prices for vegetables in Primorye (RF) has stabilized

The authorities of Primorye reported on the restoration of the supply of vegetables from China and stabilization of prices on the local market.

Recall that due to the coronavirus, supplies from the Chinese side were temporarily suspended, which led to an increase in prices for fruit and vegetable products in the Primorsky Territory. Attempts to replace Chinese cucumbers and tomatoes with products from other regions of the Russian Federation were not very successful: the cost of delivery made vegetables very expensive for the local population.

In the last 2 weeks, the situation began to normalize. According to the seaside authorities, about 250 tons of vegetables are delivered daily to the shelves of regional stores. And this despite the fact that the internal demand for tomatoes and cucumbers is estimated at 10 tons, in potatoes - 15-20 tons. So the volume of deliveries, many times higher than consumption standards, helped bring down prices for vegetable products.

According to regional authorities, “uninterrupted supplies” are now coming from the PRC: over the past 14 days, about 230 trucks loaded with vegetables have come into the region from the PRC.[...]

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5,000 tons of Turkish tomatoes stuck on the Russian border

About 100 trucks carrying about 5,000 tons of Turkish tomatoes have been in the buffer zone between Russia and Ukraine for more than a week, waiting for Russia to officially announce an increase in the import quota for such products.

According to the Daily Sabah, in February, Turkish producers hastened to increase their supplies to Russia after it was reported that the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia intends to increase the quota for tomato imports from Turkey by 50,000 tons to 200,000 tons. Nevertheless, the Russian side did not make an official statement, as a result of which thousands of tons of tomatoes are stuck at the border and may disappear.

Hakki Bahar, chairman of the Western Mediterranean Exporters Union (BAİB), told reporters that the union is monitoring the situation. He also warned Turkish agricultural exporters not to send more produce until an official statement by the Russian side was made.

Ali Uchak, the owner of one of the companies whose transport was stuck in the buffer zone, said that Russia stopped accepting tomatoes on February 8, and from that date about 250 trucks are expected at the border. According to the entrepreneur, about 20 tons of tomatoes are transported in each machine, the shelf life of which is 15 days. The businessman explained that tomatoes will turn into waste if the trucks do not “cross” the Russian border in two days.

The entrepreneur estimates the damage to Turkish exporters if the quota does not expand on the part of the Russian Federation at $ 20-30 million. According to him, some exporters have already recalled their wagons to Turkey, and some are trying to sell tomatoes on the Ukrainian market.

Russia, which for a long time was the main market for Turkish fresh fruits and vegetables, at the end of 2015, due to growing tension in relations with Turkey, banned the import of such products. Under the “ban” were tomatoes, oranges, apples, apricots, cabbage, broccoli, tangerines, pears, peaches, cucumbers, plums, strawberries, onions, cloves and poultry. The Russian Federation eased trade sanctions against Turkey in the summer of 2017, but established quotas for the import of products. [...]

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Moldova first made $ 200 million in fruit exports to Russia and bypassed Serbia

Moldovan exporters and gardeners set a new record for deliveries of fruits and table grapes to Russia in 2019 - export earnings for the first time in history reached $ 200 million US dollars. EastFruit analysts say that Moldova took eighth place in the ranking of the largest suppliers by this indicator, surpassing Serbia, which reduced revenue to $ 196 million.

“Due to the fact that fruits from Moldova were usually the cheapest among analogues, the position of this country in the ranking of the largest suppliers of fruit to Russia in terms of value remained low. If we take into account only the volumes of supplies in tons, then Moldova will already be in third place, second only to Ecuador and Turkey, ”says Andrei Yarmak, economist at the investment department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“In the coming years, the main challenge for fruit suppliers from Moldova will be diversification of exports to reduce potential risks from the loss of the Russian market and improve the quality, and hence the value, and price of exported fruits. Indeed, today Russia is expanding its own fruit production and is already starting to fill the segment of cheap products in many categories, where Moldova is especially strong, especially in the category of fresh apple, ”said the FAO expert.

The main revenue in Russia from Moldovan exporters came from apple deliveries - about $ 108 million US dollars. By exporting Moldovan table grapes to Russia, it was possible to earn $ 34 million US dollars and another $ 21.5 million dollars on export of plums. Other fruits and berries that were exported in large volumes from Moldova to Russia are sweet cherries, garden strawberries (strawberries), prunes, apricots and cherries.

Export of the main export items: apples, table grapes and plums from Moldova to Russia almost did not change over the year. But the export of cherries immediately fell by 22%. At the same time, revenue from the export of fresh strawberries, increased by 2.5 times, from prunes by 34% and from export of fresh apricot by 3.6 times. [...]

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