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Carisbrooke Valley Citrus (CVC) in the Carisbrooke Valley, between Ixopo and Umzimkulu, KwaZulu-Natal, packs citrus for export from April to September (mostly through Capespan), as well as for the local market and retailers. This season also saw avocados being packed for the first time at CVC.

Sixteen citrus producers currently pack at the facility, which has doubled over the past decade in the number of producers for whom they pack, and they expect, says Craig Archibald, general manager of Carisbrooke Valley Citrus (CVC), to pack citrus grown on 500ha by 2024.

Lemons make up more than half of their citrus volumes and CVC has built a solid reputation in many markets for their chem-free lemons. “We specialise in chem-free lemon programmes into Far Eastern countries, and we don’t send much fruit to Europe.”

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