Barrage to the sick citrus from South Africa.
The European Commission has decided to suspend the citrus imports from South Africa affected by the disease called “black spots” areas. This measure was requested by several farmers’ unions and the countries of southern Europe to prevent the contagion risk to European orchards.
This measure is based on the 2012-2013 harvest and shall not have effect for a few weeks, the time that stocks are exhausted. But the idea is to “send a signal to South Africa” for the country to control its further shipments to Europe. Customs have detected this year 36 South African cargoes infected.
Only citrus “from uncontaminated areas” can enter the EU, stated the Commission in a release. European imports of citrus from South Africa reach 600 000 tons in 2013, representing approximately one third of total imports of these fruits.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/eu-suspends-south-african-citrus-imports)