Generating profits in difficult conditions is one of the key drivers for sustainability in agriculture.

In recent years, some citrus producers have struggled to realise good returns as the industry faced a plethora of challenges. These challenges include, but are not limited to the cost of fertiliser, chemical, and fuel that rose rapidly because of the invasion of Ukraine, record freight rates and a decline in market prices.

In this article, we discuss some of the aspects that can affect economic viability. These include some considerations that drive citrus growers net return, understanding market demand and the financial implications of the count spread supplied to the packhouse. Combining this information to calculate the cost-benefit analysts of crop load management can hopefully provide producers with a framework for practical implementation.

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Dr Kandas Cloete (BFAP) and Natasha Jackson (CRI)
SA Fruit Journal