South Africa: Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual
The area under apple, pears, and table grape cultivation in South Africa has grown steadily over the past decade, driven by ongoing investments into the deciduous fruit sector on relatively high earnings from export markets. However, the expansion in apple, pears, and table grape production is expected to alleviate in marketing year (MY) 2022/23, despite the production of record crops in MY 2021/22. Accelerating farming input costs, higher shipping rates, infrastructure inefficiencies, including electricity supply disruptions, ineffective ports operations, deteriorating road networks and increased competition from other southern hemisphere countries are challenging South Africa’s exports of apple, pears, and table grapes. As a result, profitability of producers is diminishing, limiting continued investment in the industry.