The CGA was established by citrus growers in the wake of deregulation in 1997. The CGA represents the interests of the producers of export citrus. In total approximately 1400 growers throughout Southern Africa (including Zimbabwe and Swaziland) are members of the Association. Market access is the cornerstone of the citrus industry - particularly access to the more lucrative markets (USA, EU and Far East). Research is considered the primary function of the Association. The Citrus Growers Association will maximise the long-term profitability of its members by: Providing the industry with access to global markets, Optimising cost effective production of quality fruit, Continual commitment to research, development and communication with all stakeholders, Caring for the environment and the community within which we operate.