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Continued success for SA citrus industry demands integrated management

More than 60% of South Africa’s annual citrus production is destined for the export market, a trade that earned R30 billion in foreign exchange in 2021. Over the past two…

Sales of bagged avos for informal trade on the up

"Fuerte prices ought to be 20% higher, given the available volumes"

The many public holidays have reduced the amount of avocados on the municipal markets while recent cool and rainy weather has dampened avocado (and general fruit) sales. There are around 10,000 cartons on the Johannesburg market at the moment coming down from 40,000 cartons two weeks ago, according to an…

Andermatt Madumbi: offering small changes that make big differences

Andermatt provides specialized inputs for both the row crop and fruit industries globally, with a focus on integrated pest management principles. Its subsidiary in South Africa is Andermatt Madumbi, which is able to provide the South African market with the exposure of the research and development done…

Western Cape Agriculture extends MOU with commodity organisations

Officials from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) and Commodity partners met last week to extend their Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) for another three years. This sets the platform for commodity organisations to continue to support new farmers with advice, mentorship, training,…

Charl-Francois du Toit – Provider Farming

Industry needs to cooperatively solve the controllables in a tumultuous season

In Villiersdorp, the apple harvest is nearly finished, with the last Granny Smith apples coming off and then in May the final apples of the season, Cripps Red. The quality looks good and their estimates have been very accurate, notes Charl-Francois du Toit, operational and marketing manager at Provider…

Forecast increase in fruit export good news for the Western Cape

The Western Cape has received good rainfall since 2018 following a prolonged period of limited precipitation. It is expected that the increased water availability will boost…

TopFruit - Corné Grundlingh & Dihan Blom

Bingo Gala apples offer uniformity of ripeness and eating quality

There are between 550 and 600ha of a South African Gala variety called Bingo Gala planted in South Africa. The exceptionally high exportable class 1 and high colour packouts of Bingo Gala have received very good feedback from the Far East, as they had expected, says Corné Grundlingh, TopFruit pome fruit…

First for South African retail

Pink Tiger lemons available to Pick n Pay consumers

After seeing pictures of the striped, pink-fleshed lemons called Pink Tiger lemons, Rebecca Fifield and Dewald Naudé (respectively food technologist and buyer for South African retailer Pick n Pay) say they hounded their citrus suppliers for half a decade to at least get a sample. Photos supplied by Pick…

Container backlog in port precinct to be cleared within days

Good progress at Durban port, but major damage to reefer containers at some depots

South Africa’s minister for public enterprises yesterday confirmed that vessels were taking fruit from South Africa, that Durban harbour was currently “fully functional” and that the accumulated container backlog would be cleared within the next five to six days. The damage to large quantities of reefer…

Jan-Louis Pretorius – Groep 91 Uitvoer

Significant volume of grapefruit may not be exported this year due to cost pressure

The South African grapefruit season started around two weeks earlier than usual, with the majority of grapefruit growers in the northern areas currently undertaking selective harvesting from the inside of tree canopies, which are usually the larger fruits.Although the international sales and consumption…

Matome Ramokgopa – Enza Zaden

Five years of bringing Enza Zaden closer to Africa

In 2017 a comprehensive Enza Zaden country office was set up in South Africa, with a main focus on the country but also servicing Sub-Saharan Africa and, over the first five years, the reception to the company has been “phenomenal”, says Matome Ramokgopa, the general manager of Enza Zaden South Africa…

Jaques Landman – Stoller South Africa

Plants are ruled by their hormones

Hormones play a crucial role in human physiology and it is no different with plants. “Hormones are signaling molecules that in certain concentrations direct plant growth towards a specific direction,” explains Jaques Landman, senior agronomist at Stoller South Africa. “We have patented a hormone cycle…

Christo Naudé – Malelane Citrus

“If we can get through this season, we can achieve anything”

The Star Ruby grapefruit harvest will start after the Easter weekend at Malelane Citrus (MSK), a grapefruit specialist that exports around 800,000 cartons (17.5kg) per year. The exports will then pick up every week until reaching the peak in middle May, running until the end of June, explains Christo…

Banana tissue culture plants from South Africa set to give Ecuador industry a boost

Du Roi Laboratory based in Letsitele, Limpopo Province of South Africa, is a leading banana tissue culture facility and supplier to some 25 countries, has recently supplied Ecuador with this country’s first batch of Formosana, a Fusarium Oxysporum Cubense Tropical Race 4 (FOC TR4) Panama disease tolerant…

Gold kiwi fruits cultivated in South Africa

"The production of gold kiwi in South Africa started about 5 years ago. Year by year the production volumes have been increasing, and recently, the South African origin for kiwi gold is becoming known and appreciated on international markets,” explained Francesco Eichstaedt, export manager of the Italian…

Hein Punt – Maluti Fruit

Harvest of Southern Hemisphere’s first Pink Lady apples kicks off

The colour on the new crop of Pink Lady apples in the eastern Fee State, whose harvest started today, is looking very good with a comfortable 50%+ of colour coverage and very high pack-outs expected, says Hein Punt, the CEO of Maluti Fruit Packers in Bethlehem, in the east of South Africa.“Our primary…

Jan Lievens – Humiditas

Grape growers struggle with shelf life under harsh new logistical realities

Jan Lievens, a specialist on table grape and fruit postharvest technology in general, has long been advocating for a mindset change to preserve grape quality from the moment the fruit is cut. Right: on table grapes, an objective is maintaining the green stems  He says that has never been more important than…

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ARRA Honey POP™ shows fantastic storage ability during its first commercial export

This season South African marketer TopFruit were amazed by the excellent condition of ARRA 33 – ARRA Honey POP™ grapes upon their arrival in Germany at Global Fruit Point after almost six weeks of shipping. "The past season, grape producers like all other producers, had to face global logistical…

FreshPlaza April Global Focus - South Africa

It's that time of year again when FreshPlaza shines a light on South Africa in our April Global Focus. It's been a tricky couple of years to say the least, and we are not out of the woods yet as this year has already been very challenging in terms of logistics and sharply rising input costs. The export…


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