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South Africa Citrus Annual Report

South Africa`s production of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines/mandarins and lemons/limes is forecast to continue its strong growth in the 2018/19 MY, based on the increase in area planted, high level of newplanting in the past five years and on the normal weather conditions. Duty free exports of citrus to the United States under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) are expected to continue their strong annual growth. South African exports of citrus to the United States are shifting from oranges to tangerines/mandarins in response to market demand. Trade is a key driver in the growth of South African citrus production, with total exports accounting for 79 percent of the total production.