In an industry newsletter of October 27, the South African Table Grape Industry (SATGI), Paarl, informed about another rise in the nation’s table grape production .
In the crop year 2013/14 the industry brought 50 million cartons of 4.5 kg to the market; for 2015/16 the estimate of SATGI according to Rhomona Gounden, Manager Trade, Marketing and Communication is at 61 to 63 million cartons, which could be around 275,000 t. Most of the crop rise is due to the Northern areas along the border with Namibia, i.e. Orange River. The volume from this area rose from 15 million in 2013/14 to about 20 million cartons estimated for 2015/16. In 2015/16 the industry witnessed a 12% increase of total hectares compare to ther 2013/14 season.
The Orange River experienced relative good conditions with excellent weather. The new varieties that were planted in this region are also coming into full production. They have a huge impact on the total volumes. Farms with lower production in the past have merged with bigger commercially more viable entities. The Olifants River area has seen significant growth over the past three seasons and is expected to reach a new harvest record despite the fact that the region has been very dry. The quality of grapes in this area is described as being excellent. In the Hex River valley Dauphine varieties have changed the leader role with Crimsons. The growth in the Hex is therefore due to the Crimson crop coming into full production.