Co-operation paying off Greater voluntary co-operation throughout the South African citrus industry has led to a far greater level of stability, according to Edward Voster, chairman of Citrus SA. This follows the disastrous post-deregulation season of 2001, when buyers played off growers and prices often crashed on European markets. Citrus SA represents about 80% of the fruit grown not just in South Africa but also Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Co-ordination is achieved though a joint marketing forum working with accredited agents. Funding comes through a seven cent levy of each carton. According to trade reports, producers must earn Rand 35-40 per 15kg carton to break even at a time when there is already overproduction in Southern Africa. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}