For the first time since 2018 when the South African citrus industry introduced its False Codling Moth Management System, the citrus industry has had to intervene in its normal functioning to manage false codling moth.
The decision to strengthen the shipping protocol for South Africa’s oranges for the rest of the season, on very short notice, is made possible by the agility of its systems approach, says Deon Joubert, Citrus Growers’ Association envoy to the EU. The system’s requirements for continuous, thorough orchard and fruit monitoring had made it clear to the industry that there was a lot of false codling moth activity this year.
“Our scouting activity indicated that without further measures we may receive higher than normal notifications along the chain,” he says. “Therefore we’ve taken the decision to only allow exporters to make a booking for such exports as specified under option C in the citrus management system.”