Volumes South African litchi down 30%

Harvesting of litchis began mid November in South Africa, the growing season was good but a lack of rain and cold units has led to a drop in volume.

Gavin Hardy, Chairman of South African Litchi Grower's Association said the climatic conditions has led to 30% less production than last year. "This will not have a great effect on the export volumes, it will most likely be the domestic market which will be left short. Although volumes are down, the quality of the fruit is excellent."

Most of the South African litchis go to the European market and Hardy said the prices there are looking ok, similar to last year. "We can't really tell until the fruit arrives on the market though."

For more information:
Gavin Hardy
South African Litchi Grower's Association
Tel: 0027 13 79 4719
Email: gavin@butterflyfarms.co.uk

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