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Table grape crop estimates look bold and beautiful

Despite a late start to the season and some untimely rains in early January, the table grape industry is back on track

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Crop estimates for South Africa’s table grapes appear to be back on track with intake volumes expected to increase to between 65,3 million and 69,8 million cartons. This, according to the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) who released their third crop estimate for the current season.  

This is great news, considering the industry’s delayed take-off at the start of the season and further delays brought on by disruptive rains in the Northern Cape.

According to SATI CEO, Willem Bestbier, their optimism is owed to very good quality and harvest conditions, enough water availability after last winter’s rainfall, large berry sizes and the overall good quality of grapes.

Willem Bestbier is the chief executive of the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI). Photo: Supplied
Willem Bestbier is the chief executive of the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI). Photo: Supplied

“The northern provinces are on track to reach higher intake volumes due to favourable summer weather towards the end of the season,” he states.

Meanwhile, producers in the Orange River table grape production region were disrupted and delayed at the start of January, when heavy rains fell in the Northern Cape.

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Adding to their strain was the start of the season being about 14 days late, which meant that about 30% of the crop still needed to be packed.

However, Bestbier states, “The last few producers in the Orange River region are busy concluding the season, and the effect of the rain at the beginning of the year had less of an impact on the later cultivars than initially estimated.”

Good volumes

Warren Bam, table grape farmer and SATI board member. Photo: Supplied/FoodForMzansi
Warren Bam, table grape farmer and SATI board member. Photo: Supplied/ Food For Mzansi

He adds that producers also took great care in harvesting and sorting grapes during packing, which contributed to the eventual good volumes.

Meanwhile the three Western Cape-based regions, Olifants, Hex River and Berg River, continue to expect healthy volumes as grapes are ripening well and packing picks up pace.

These regions have been experiencing excellent ripening and early harvesting conditions. According to SATI the crops are very promising, both from a volume and quality perspective.

Warren Bam, SATI board member and table grape farmer in the Berg River region says, “If the weather is like it is now and it doesn’t rain, then it looks like the harvest will be good.

“We are still a bit under pressure because of the season starting late, but fortunately we are slowly getting back on track.”

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Duncan Masiwa
Duncan Masiwa
DUNCAN MASIWA is a budding journalist with a passion for telling great agricultural stories. He hails from Macassar, close to Somerset West in the Western Cape, where he first started writing for the Helderberg Gazette community newspaper. Besides making a name for himself as a columnist, he is also an avid poet who has shared stages with artists like Mahalia Buchanan, Charisma Hanekam, Jesse Jordan and Motlatsi Mofatse.
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