South Africa Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual

'Decreases in apple and pear exports expected in 2019/20, due to COVID-19 impacts'

The Western Cape Province is the largest growing region of deciduous fruits in South Africa, accounting for 72 percent of the total growing area and production. The other growing regions include the Northern Cape (17 percent), Eastern Cape (8 percent), and very low production (less than 3 percent) in the NorthWest, Free State, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo Provinces.
Deciduous fruit production areas in South Africa

The production of apples and table grapes is estimated to grow in the 2019/20 Marketing Year (MY), due to the increase in area planted and available irrigation water following improved 2019 winter rainfall.

The impact of COVID-19 on production is expected to be minimal or nil as harvesting is almost complete. However, decreases in apple and pear exports are expected in the 2019/20 MY, due to the impact of COVID-19 on global demand, bottlenecks or closures at some ports, limited availability of containers and constrained shipping capacity.

South Africa is self-sufficient and only imports small quantities of deciduous fruits to fulfill niche markets or to satisfy demand during the off-season when supply is limited.

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