EU has no foundation for chilly storage necessities on SA citrus exports

The European Union is demanding that citrus exports from South Africa be subjected to excessive chilly storage in a bid to stave off false codling moth infestation.

CAPE TOWN – Citrus farmers say there isn’t any sound foundation for the EU’s chilly storage necessities on their exports.

The European Union is demanding that citrus exports from South Africa be subjected to excessive chilly storage in a bid to stave off false codling moth infestation.

Authorities has within the meantime lodged a commerce dispute with the World Commerce Group in opposition to the EU’s transfer.

Director at ALG Estates, Hendrik Warnich of one of many main citrus farms within the Western Cape, mentioned that the trade did have stringent management measures in place for its citrus exports.

“The probability of citrus black spot or false codling moth establishing itself with fruit exports beneath the prevailing management measures must be unattainable. There isn’t any information accessible exhibiting that South Africa is an actual threat for Europe.”

Warnich mentioned that these chilly storage measures compelled on farmers put them beneath additional monetary strain.

The South African Citrus Growers’ Affiliation mentioned that income generated for the nation grew from R8 billion in 2014 to only over R30 billion final 12 months.

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