Avo export market healthy despite 30% falloff

In spite of a 30% drop in crop volumes, the South African avocado export market is in a healthy position with production for the 2019 season estimated at 14.3 million cartons.

While export numbers failed to reach 2018’s all-time record, Subtrop CEO Derek Donkin is upbeat.

“Avocado growers have little to worry about with a long-term plan in place to boost crop volumes even further,” he said.

 “Our industry is still in a very good spot despite the decline in volumes this year,” Donkin added.

“We must remember that all went well in our favour last year, and with new plantings coming into production we might say it was the perfect year to grow avocados. We are on a long-term path of growth and we know that we will have a bigger crop next year.”

New plantings, the increase of production in Tzaneen, and the Southern and Eastern Cape should also see crop volumes grow exponentially, according to Donkin.

“It makes us less dependent on imports and this is a real boost for growers who can take advantage of these opportunities.” – Bjorn Vorster

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