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Coronavirus delays South Africa's pear-export agreement with China

THE coronavirus outbreak has delayed South Africa's pear-export agreement with China next month, according to Jacques du Preez, general manager for trade and markets at Hortgro, a local industry group

10 March 2020 - 19:00

THE coronavirus outbreak has delayed South Africa's pear-export agreement with China next month, according to Jacques du Preez, general manager for trade and markets at Hortgro, a local industry group.

After 17 years of trying, South African pear farmers were finally on the brink of a deal to ship their fruit to the world's biggest buyer. No new date has been set.



China accounts for about two-thirds of global pear consumption, making it a vital export market for fruit growers. South Africa is the Southern Hemisphere's second-largest producer, after Argentina, and first applied to ship apples and pears to China in 2003.



South African apples got access to the Chinese market five years ago, but pear farmers were stuck waiting for a deal. In the meanwhile, the country's top market, Europe, has grown increasingly saturated, said Mr Du Preez.



'It feels like we're being tackled at the finish line,' he said. 'But there is willingness and commitment from officials in both countries so we just have to get over that line.'


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