LPS 19 preview South Africa anticipates challeng

first_img LPS ’19 preview: South Africa anticipates challeng … South African avocado export forecast up, EU price … Meanwhile, the harvests in the Northern Cape’s Orange River region – one of the country’s two biggest production areas, along with the Hex River region – are running around 10 to 14 days late, which has put pressure on shipments to China where the Chinese New Year will be celebrated early this year, Bestbier said.Export growth to China yet to take offAlthough South Africa in late 2016 achieved what was described as a “breakthrough” in its export protocol with China, shipments to that market have not yet seen any substantial growth and the Far Eastern market only receives around 3% of exports.Bestbier said while he is grateful for the Chinese authorities for granting the protocol allowing the fruit to be shipped at a more favorable temperature, South Africa needed to boost its performance in the market.”We are formulating a strategy to raise awareness of South African table grapes in China,” he said. “Over the course of the next few months, running into our next season, we are very keen and committed to making much better inroads into the Chinese market.”He said South Africa has a good and rising supply of new grape varieties which are proving to be popular in China, but he emphasized that more work needed to be done to better understand the market.”As an industry, we are still sorting out the technicalities around the protocol. This season we are monitoring quite a few consignments of various varieties under various logistical configurations into China to see exactly what works and what doesn’t work,” he said.”We have to be sure that we have the capacity to land our product in good condition there to compete with any other product, so that’s all the preparatory work that we’re busy with now.” You might also be interested in South Africa: Port operator says NCT backlog will … last_img read more

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