South African and European Union representatives are in intense discussions to alleviate the impact of a steep rise in reported Citrus Black Spot (CBS) and False Codling Moth (FCM) interceptions on citrus shipped to the EU. The South African industry is extremely concerned about the fallout from these interceptions, which comes at the end of a very difficult shipping season.

The campaign was marked by delays because of the riots in some South African regions in July, inefficiencies in ports and the systems of the Transnet organisation being hacked with valuable information lost.

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Fred Meintjies