Citrus Export Growers Association (CEGA)

The CEGA is mainly concerned with the production, export and marketing of citrus fruits like oranges, grape fruit, lemons, easy peelers and so on. Citrus exports have been the leading component of the industry in terms of volume. Production levels peaked in 2001 at 45 000 tonnes exported, being 60 per cent of national production. Currently, Zimbabwe is exporting 30 000 tonnes, mainly to the EU and Middle East markets. Growth potential is high as most trees are still relatively young. Growth forecast is expected to be around 5 per cent. District councils have repossessed some of the neglected orchards and are rehabilitating them.

Fresh Produce Producers Association (FPPA)

The association, which is also an instrument of HPC promotes, develops and improves the production and marketing of all forms of fresh produce in Zimbabwe. It advances and protects the interests of producers of fresh produce in any way that may be desirable to the association. Fresh produce involves all forms of fruit and vegetables whose sustainability for consumption without refrigeration does not normally exceed one week. Zimbabwe’s exports of fresh produce into international markets currently stands at 5 000 tonnes, a third of the 1999/98 crop peak. Sixty per cent of the crop is destined for the UK. This sector offers tremendous opportunities for quick recovery as barriers to entry for the new settler farmers are quite minimal in comparison to other horticultural enterprises. Most productive farmers realise two to three crops from the same piece of land. Hence fresh produce growing offers a quick cash turnaround and has the greatest potential to grow in the short and medium term.

Deciduous Fruit Growers Association (DFGA)

The association is responsible for the production of fruits, especially deciduous fruits like apples,pears, plums, nectarines, apricots and so on. The association covers growers who are not producing primarily for export for instance pome fruit producers, thus many of its concerns are involved with domestic marketing. However, exportation of fruits like apples, plums and nectarines is of DFGA’s concern as well. Deciduous fruits are mostly grown in the Eastern Highlands where the temperatures are more temperate.

Export Flowers Growers Association of Zimbabwe (EFGAZ)

The association is mainly concerned with the production and marketing of cut flowers to international markets. The major export market for Zimbabwe’s cut flowers is the European Union with 80 percent of exports destined for sale on the auction floors in the Netherlands. Flowers are the pioneering product of the horticultural export in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe rose in stature becoming a valuable exporter of cut flowers. By 2001, it ranked as the second largest in Africa, behind Kenya, second amongst African, Caribbean and Pacific exporters, and was the fifth biggest exporter to the European Union. Floriculture accounts for at least seventy percent of the total value of horticultural exports and 30 per cent by volume. Currently this amounts to 14 500 tonnes. Most exports, spanning a season from mid-September to late May, are channelled to the Dutch auctions. The UK, France, and South Africa have also become important destinations. The Far East and Australia have been targeted as potential markets.

Fresh Produce Marketing Association of Zimbabwe (FPMAZ)

The FPMAZ is the umbrella body representing most farmers, wholesalers and retailers involved in the formal marketing and production of fresh fruit and vegetables.  The organisation also works very closely with informal traders and particularly those at Mbare Musika (the biggest fruit and vegetable wholesale and retail market Zimbabwe) whom it has been assisting over the years on business management. 

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