Guiding consumers since 2009

Planning helps citrus industry overcome drought

By Athenkosi Sawutana

While drought gripped parts of South Africa, citrus production still blossomed, said Antoinette Nel, administration manager of production at Mouton Citrus.

‘The drought did not have a big effect on our production as our water use plan was carefully and scientifically managed,” she said.

This comes despite the speculations made by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) in December 2017. The network said that the low water rainfall in the Western Cape would restrict the availability of irrigation.  According to the network, the unfavourable conditions would constrain the production of oranges and lemons.

Nel explained that proper planning helped the farmers rise above the challenges.

“We put in place strategic plans five years ago that helped us use water more efficiently,” said Nel.

“We made changes mainly on how we irrigate and manage water wastage,” she added.

Nel continued to say even though there may be a 5% decrease in navel variety due to high temperatures, their citrus is doing well, with soft citrus being high in demand.

She said that the company’s production grew by 5% compared to last year.

As estimated by GAIN, shortage in water supply would not have any effect on exports. The network reported that South Africa’s citrus exports to the United States will continue to grow because of the market access through the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA).

“We have fixed customers overseas and we supply according to what can be produced,” concluded Nel.

Recent Articles

Featured The bank took money from my account – is this allowed?

You’ve just deposited money into your account and suddenly you see a notification from your bank. Money has been deducted from your account to pay the outstanding debt that you have with the bank. Is this allowed?

How much does it cost to draft a will?

Having a Will allows you to determine who inherits your property when you die. If you die intestate, the government will determine how to distribute your assets. Many people die intestate because they don’t know how to draft a will or are intimidated by the costs of drafting one.

Is your home correctly priced for the current market?

The property market is typically in either one of two phases, a buyers’ market or a sellers’ market. According to real estate experts, we are currently in a buyer’s market. For this reason, it is important as a seller to correctly price your house to ensure interested buyers and a valuable sale in the end.

Fuel rewards programme – how to fill up on petrol and points

South Africa’s volatile economy has often meant that factors like the fuel price bear the brunt. This year alone the country’s fuel price has fluctuated by between R1.50 to almost R3, which has put increasing pressure on motorists. That said, many of the bigger South African brands have provided some relief by way of fuel rewards programmes.


Wax On Wax Off Wednesdays at Rouge Day Spa

Price: From R50
When: Wednesdays
Where: Cape Town

Aarya Restaurant Christmas Lunch Special

Price: R425
When: 25 December 2019
Where: Johannesburg

Da Vinci’s Tantalising Tuesday Pizza Special

Price: Available on request
When: Tuesdays
Where: Cape Town