‘In 2012, the South African fruit industry launched an initiative to develop a set of environmental and ethical standards in line with international norms. As part of this, a programme was established to assist black citrus farmers to comply with those standards and expand their exports.
In August 2012, this programme was formalised as the Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA). SIZA facilitates capacity-building initiatives to support commercial farmers, developing farmers and their workers by implementing its standards.
Amongst the programmes that SIZA is rolling out is one aimed at black citrus farmers. Partially funded by ABSA, the programme is being implemented in partnership with the Citrus Growers’ Association Grower Development Company (CGA-GDC).’ Farmer’s Weekly, 27th October 2017 | Reporter: Alita van der Walt
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