The Namibian Grape Growers Association (NGGA) has just completed its forecast for the 2020/21 season. The crop estimate for export table grapes is 7.4 million 4.5kg equivalent cartons, from week 43 to week 2.
“The vineyards are looking good, it’s been a very promising start to the season. We’re expecting an above average crop.” says Kobus Bothma, vice chairman of the NGGA and Executive Director of Capespan Namibia.
A cooler than normal period in September, during which nights went down to approximately 10°C, delayed the early development from flowering to fruit set, and this will probably cause a delay of about five to seven days to the start of the Namibian table grape season.
The relative cooler conditions were favourable for berry and bunch development, resulting in good berry sizes and nicely stretched bunches, he notes.
“Berry sizes are between 14 and 18mm diameter at this stage. The next few weeks are also crucial for good colour development.”
He continues: "Early signs from the markets are promising and we look forward to the start of the Namibian season."
Production for Namibia were 6.1 million 4.5kg equivalent cartons for the 2019/20 season.
For more information:
Namibian Grape Growers Association
Tel: +264 85 709 1920