SOUTHERN AFRICAN CITRUS GROWERS ASSOCIATION

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					CITRUS GROWERS ASSOCIATION of SOUTHERN AFRICA
                       Suite 15, Marwick Centre, 30 Old Main Road, Hillcrest
                P.O. Box 461, Hillcrest 3650, Tel : (031) 7652514 Fax : (031) 7658029
                                      Reg.no. 2000/010147/081
                                           Media Release
                  Citrus Grower’s Application for Statutory Measures Approved

After receiving overwhelming support from citrus growers, the Board of the Citrus
Growers Association (CGA) of Southern Africa applied for a revision of the existing
statutory measures relating to fresh citrus exports. The requested revision was in terms
of the payment of a statutory levy on all citrus cartons exported from South Africa. This
increase (to 32 cents per 15Kg carton) was approved on 19 August 2004, and gazetted
on 25 August 2004. All citrus cartons exported after 25 August 2004 will be subject to
the 32 cents per carton levy.
The additional funding was requested in order to add to the present capacity required by
the CGA to carry out research and market access activities. In addition the levy will
provide funding for transformation activities in the citrus industry.
The CGA has ambitious plans aimed at meeting the challenge of transformation. In
particular, the plans revolve around establishing meaningful black citrus growers, training
at all levels within the citrus industry, and ensuring access to resources. In the near
future the CGA will be asking those who wish to participate in transforming the citrus
sector to register their interest. Growers (both new and established), training vendors,
financial institutions and other service providers will be approached to register their
involvement in these activities.
On the research side, growers have expressed concern over lack of transfer of
technology from the research institutions to the growers themselves. The new levy will
allow for improved communication links to ensure that growers are kept abreast of all
research activities, and to act as a link back to researchers about regional priorities. In
addition, capacity to meet growers’ requirements in terms of cultivar management, and
citrus virology, has been catered for.
In terms of market access, the levy provides funding to ensure that the citrus industry
has a range of markets for its export produce. The recent access to China is the first
step in a long journey; there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that this market
opportunity can be optimally captured. Continued sanitary and phytosanitary revisions in
the most lucrative citrus markets (EU, USA and Japan) requires sound technical input.
Fortunately, South Africa has some of the worlds leading scientists (under the umbrella
of Citrus Research International (CRI)) to call on, which coupled with the structures of
the CGA and Department of Agriculture ensure rapid response to these threats.
Approval of the new levy means that citrus growers are assured of the necessary
capacity to address these functions.

Enquiries : Justin Chadwick ( justchad@iafrica.com )


Directors :D J Nel (Chairman), R A Rouillard (Vice Chairman), J Danckwerts, A G Downie, D W Eksteen, H Gxotiwe, G Hall, H
F Malan, C Miller, P Noddeboe, G Piner, F Reed, P Scholtz, P B Snyman , E Ueckermann, M Van Niekerk, S J Viljoen, D Visser

				
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