South Africa Citrus Association Publishes Update on Long-term Production Growth Goal

The South African Citrus Growers Association (CGA) recently published two updates regarding its long-term citrus production goals. In 2022, CGA set a goal to increase citrus production from 165 million cartons to 260 million cartons over ten years from 2023 to 2032. According to the 2024 update, 230 million cartons are projected by 2032, although 260 million cartons remain the goal. Both reports compare actual and predicted production volumes from 2022-2027.

The first report focuses on mandarin and lemon production. Mandarin volumes in 2023 (38 million cartons) tracked ahead of the Vision 260 model predictions, driven primarily by growth in exports to China and Hong Kong. Lemon volumes in 2023 (35.6 million cartons) tracked slightly behind predictions and are expected to remain behind in 2024 as Asia, Middle East, and North American market growth did not reach predictions.

The second report focuses on orange and grapefruit production. Orange volumes in 2023 (76.8 million cartons) tracked slightly ahead of Vision 260 targets, with the EU, North America, and Russia showing increases above predictions. Grapefruit volumes display the most volatility; after tracking below estimates in 2023 with 14.7 million cartons, CGA predicts grapefruit production to be ahead of forecasts in 2024 and 2025.


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