SA to unveil new fruit varieties at Fruit Logistica

Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, expects a successful Fruit Logistica this year.

Government will unveil a new range of South African cultivated indigenous citrus and deciduous fruit at the upcoming Fruit Logistica International Trade Fair in Berlin next week.

Speaking ahead of the fair – which kicks off next Wednesday – CEO of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Dr Shadrack Moephuli, said participating in the fair would provide the council with the platform to execute its mandate of promoting agriculture and related industries.

He said the new cultivated range of fruits included the Eureka seedless lemon which is the first and only commercial lemon variety; the Valley Gold which is a late maturing mandarin, selected for its attractive appearance and excellent flavour; the ARC Nadorcott citrus fruit which contains fewer seeds; and the cheeky red plush pear variety.

According to Moephuli, the development and launch of the fruit was in response to the demand for provision of fruit that ripens at a time when there is an opening in the market and matures very early or late in the season. 

Trade and industry minister Dr Rob Davies commended the council’s “dedication and consistency” in cultivating globally competitive products. “It is fruit such as these that will set us apart from our competitors, yield new clients and generate solid deals for South Africa from across the globe. It is also commendable that the ARC is able to consistently follow up on the highly successful Joybells Table Grape Variety which it launched at our pavilion during Fruit Logistica Berlin 2018,” he said.

The ARC forms part of the 25 businesses and research institutions that will be showcasing South Africa’s fruit and vegetable export capabilities at the South African Pavilion hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).

Fruit Logistica Berlin is regarded as the world’s leading international trade fair for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry.

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