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Citrus Fruit Final Payment for 2010-2011
Final prices for oranges and grapefruit delivered to Citrus Products of Belize Limited (CPBL) for 2010-2011 crop year have been announced. These prices are accepted pending a critical review by the Citrus Growers Association and in the interest of a timely payment to growers.

Orange: $1.9964 per pound solid (Pps) or $12.5494 per box
Grapefruit: $1.6842 per pound solid (Pps) or $6.8001 per box

Growers will receive the final fruit payment on Thursday, September 15, 2011. The September 15th payment will be $0.2950 per pound solid or $1.8543 per box for orange and for grapefruit this payment will be $0.3509 per pound solid or $1.3848 per box. Growers are reminded that where applicable the outstanding $0.04 per box and $0.01 per box for HLB Citrus Greening control and for the Mex-Fly program will be deducted.

Growers are advised that this year the difference in juice yield between the Pound Solids Lab and the factory was 102,999 extra pound solids for grapefruit and 446,201 ps more for oranges.  

Growers are advised that unlike the previous two crop years the yield for both factories are above the Pound Solids Labs.  We attribute this to the recommendations coming out of the Citrus Control Board sanctioned arbitration exercise.  Growers will be compensated for these additional solids.

While the prices this year reflect an increase over prior years, growers still did not benefit fully from the existing market conditions this year. This is because CPBL over contracted some 10 million solids at last years’ lower prices and had to use products from this year to satisfy those contract at last year’s lower prices.    Also a large sale of 6.7 million orange pound solids was made to the Dominican Republic at US$1.31 per pound solids, when the market prices ranged from US$1.41 ps to US $2.00 and averaged US$1.67 per pound solids.

In the case of grapefruit the average selling price was US$1,814 MT when the market range was US$1,950 - $2,500/MT.

While the efforts of your CGA did result in better prices there is still room for improvement.  We see this coming through improved transparency and accountability and the selling of products for the best possible price.

Growers can pick up their fruit payment cheques at the Citrus Growers & Workers Credit Union office as per usual.
Mexico: The citrus industry is at risk from attack by the dragon "HLB"
This week the State Committee on Plant Health of Yucatán (Cesvy) posed to local representatives the need for an extraordinary support of $10 million pesos to fight the "yellow dragon", which threatens the local citrus industry.

In a work session of the Commission on Agricultural Development of Congress with leaders of the state committee, the latter reported the activities they are doing to stop the spread of the virus of "yellow dragon", which came to Yucatán in June 2009.

Ricardo Munguía Rosado, Cesvy manager, explained that in registered backyard plantations alone, 12,000 hectares have to be monitored as they are susceptible to this virus.

In total there are more than 20,130 hectares of citrus in the state and they only have about 60 employees to do the job of preventing and combating this virus, which threatens the local citrus industry.

Munguía Rosado said that for this type of work they established 31 routes of 227 locations of the entity, where they perform an average of 30 visits per month.

The PAN Deputy, José Collado Soberanis fully agreed with the urgency to find these extraordinary resources especially if a farm activity that is very productive of which about 12,500 families depend on, is at risk.

Cesvy president, Severo Escobedo Cortés, reported that this organism is composed of 138 producers across the state and 62 of them are working on the program of the "yellow dragon".

To continue this work, he said, an extraordinary support of $10 million pesos is required to fight the bacteria that destroys citrus and has a presence in seven states.

The PRI legislator, Juan José Canul Pérez was also in favor of supporting this work, in which, as has been raised, important progress has been made, and at least they already managed to make much slower the progress of the virus in local citrus.

They noted that in Colima the virus destroyed 60% of the plantations in just six months, and here it was detected since 2009. -David Domínguez Massa

Source: Yucatán

Publication date: 6/21/2011
US (FL): Citrus Department approves $54.8 million budget
Orange juice advertising will take a $900,000 hit in the Florida Department of Citrus' 2011-12 budget as a result of Gov. Rick Scott's veto of a $2 million appropriation in next year's state budget.

The Florida Citrus Commission on Wednesday approved a $54.8 million department budget that includes $10 million for citrus disease research, the biggest program outside marketing. The commission is the Citrus Department's governing body.

The Citrus Department budget is $2.2 million higher than a 2011-12 budget proposed at the May 18 Citrus Commission meeting. The difference stems from more carry-over money available from the current department and foundation budgets, said Debra Funkhouser, Citrus Department comptroller.

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The CGA was made aware of the intention on the part of Dr. Henry Canton to close down the operation of the Citrus Company of Belize Ltd processing facility at the start of the 2011/12 crop year.

We are aware that Dr. Henry Canton has sought a meeting with Government to discuss this plan and has had members of the management team sound out union officials, promising them a detailed plan sometime in the month of June.

Last week Thursday, at a meeting of the Pound Solids Committee, a member of the CPBL management team mentioned the plan to close the CCB processing plant. A member of the CGA Committee of Management who happens to be a Director of the CPBL pointed out that it was unacceptable that such a material decision was being discussed in public but that as a member of the Board of Directors of CPBL he was not aware of any such concept or plan. He pointed out further that Belize Citrus Growers Association Company Ltd (BCGAICL) was totally unaware of such a plan and as the majority shareholder should have been consulted especially in light of the grave consequences that such a move would have on many of the employees at CPBL and on the local economy in the South. This would not mark the first time decisions are taken at CPBL that the directors of the majority shareholder know nothing about. As an example we point to the launch of Banks Beer in Belize that is imported and distributed by CPBL. Like all Belizeans the directors learnt of this via the media. We have every reason to believe that this could be a similar circumstance where Dr. Henry Canton in discussion with Banks – Barbados hatched this plan.
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