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Volumes down after a bumper 2016/17 season
New South African mango season in an off cycle
After what was possibly the largest harvest in the history of the South African mango industry in 2016/17, the new seasonís volumes will definitely be down. After a season of heavy bearing, mango orchards are now in an off cycle and itís already visible that flowering intensity is down compared to last year, says Jaco Fivaz, outgoing chairperson of the South African Mango Growersí Association.
While it is impossible to quantify the exact volumes of the past mango season, because a portion of mangoes are cultivated for atchar production (a spicy condiment using unripe mangoes) and therefore not noted through fresh marketing channels, a rough estimate of the past seasonís volume comes to approximately 80,000t.
There is still drought pressure on growers, particularly in areas like Malelane where growers are already experiencing water restrictions. The critical period of fruit set is now starting across Limpopo Province, a period in which water shortages can have far-reaching consequences on yield.
SAMGA will have a better idea of what the new season looks like for growers across the country after their annual meeting in October.
For more information:
SAMGA (outgoing chairperson) / Mohlatsi Farm
Tel: +27 15 307 3766
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