Alcanar Verd Citrus i VIVERS and Stargrow Cultivar Development announced that they have recently concluded an agreement for the development of the citrus variety, Sando, in South Africa.
Sando is a late maturing clementine mutation of Fina with outstanding fruit quality. It was development by Alcanar Verd Citrus i VIVERS in Taragonna in Spain and has been established well in Spain with more than 400ha planted of this cultivar. It has shown good results over the past seasons with notable characteristics like its excellent eating quality and appearance. The variety is harvested in January in Spain and can be marketed for a period of 2 months. It thus fills the harvesting gap between normal clementine and late mandarins with high quality fruit.
The focus is now turning towards being able to supply the same quality fruit during Europe’s “off-season” with fruit imported from South Africa. “We believe there is a good opportunity to supply clients with the same standard of fruit from the Southern hemisphere in the counter season period. We have therefore looked at the possibility to develop this variety in Southern Africa to complement the Spanish production” Mr Miguel Matamoros of Alcanar Verd Citrus I VIVERS commented. “Material has been introduced to South Africa and is currently undergoing the quarantine phase.”
Stargrow Cultivar Development has been licensed to develop Sando in South Africa and will look after all IP related matters for this cultivar. Mr Waldo Maree from Stargrow Cultivar Development has responded: “We are looking forward to starting the project in South Africa. We believe that this variety will add good value and will complement our harvesting season by filling the harvest window between standard clementine and late mandarins.”