The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) released the 2nd Crop Estimate* for the 2019/2020 season with a lower estimate of between 59,55 million and 66,3 million cartons (4,5 kg equivalents), exclusively caused by significantly lower volumes from the Northern Provinces region. This summer rainfall region was hit with unusual continuous rains during its peak harvesting period, and a crop volume reduction of 1,5 million cartons is estimated for the region, as follows.
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The estimate for all other regions remains unchanged.
The Northern Provinces, Orange River Valley and Olifants River Valley started their respective seasons on time, but the Berg River and Hex River Valleys seem to be at least 1 week earlier than usual. Throughout the regions berry size is good and to date night temperatures have been lower than normal, which is conducive
to good colour development of red and black varieties.
With water resources well replenished it seems that the Olifants River Valley has finally recovered from an extended drought. The industry as a whole will however continue to manage water most responsibly.
According to Willem Bestbier, Chief Executive Officer of SATI, the 2nd crop estimate reflects a normal crop and emphasised again that the focus is on quality and service.
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