Over 80% of South African citrus growers are banding together to improve coordination of the crop. The move follows one of the most unprofitable seasons on record. The new organisation will be operational by next spring, but will not become involved in overseas marketing. Representing some 35 million cartons of oranges, grapefruit, easy peelers and lemons, it will pay strict attention to working only with accredited agents. Edward Vorster, chairman of the committee charged with setting up a new organisation, said recent problems had cost the industry R500m (£50m). They had been caused following deregulation by unnecessary competition between export agents, the shipment of unsuitable grades and sizes of fruit, and unplanned consignments. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}