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SA Navels delayed. (Market Edge).

Climatic problems in South Africa have led to the Navel season being delayed by as much as three weeks, according to Martin Dunnett, marketing manager at Capespan.

The organisation still accounts for 40% of sales in the UK since deregulation.

"The season is only just getting under way," he said, "and we are anticipating around 300,000 cartons of fruit which could represent a shortfall of up to a quarter in comparison with last year."

The late start means the Navel season will overlap with the start of the Valencia harvest, due to commence in the northern production areas in about a month.

Grapefruit has also been in short supply due to a light crop and many growers are turning to more profitable alternative crops. This season Cape is not expecting to market more than 250,000 cartons of white and pigmented varieties.

"Quality has been very good, but we have also had to compete with a buoyant Japanese demand which has diverted volumes," he added.
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Date:Aug 2, 2003
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