(Fruitnet.com) South Africa’s Citrus Growers’ Association has announced the suspension of citrus exports to the European Union for the rest of the season
With the exception of soft citrus and citrus fruit grown in the Western and Northern Cape, South Africa has suspended all its citrus exports to the European Union for the rest of the year.
The decision was taken at a special meeting of the Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA) Citrus Black Spot (CBS) Disaster Management Committee. According to a statement from the Citrus Growers’ Association, the decision was a proactive one and taken as a measure to ensure continued access in future to the EU market.
The industry has requested that the Department of Agriculture implement this decision by suspending inspections and issues of phytosanitary certificates for all citrus exports to the EU, except for soft citrus and citrus exports from the CBS-free areas.