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Tuesday, 08 November 2016

Breakthrough for South African table grapes in China

According to South African table grape producers and exporters, one of the biggest breakthroughs since deregulation in agriculture has just been confirmed by the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). The producer organisation SATI is delighted that China changed the cold treatment protocol of South African table grapes to a more fruit friendly protocol. This creates a market opportunity to increase table grape exports from South Africa to China to about R2,5 billion over the next five years. DAFF has just confirmed that China’s cold treatment protocol is immediately effective from the 2016/2017 season. The new protocol has changed to +0.8 Degree Celsius for a minimum of 20 days (it was -0.6 Degree Celsius for 22 days). Although this exciting market for South African table grapes has been open, the previous protocol held unaffordable risks in the form of cold related damage to grape berries and stems. SATI’s chairperson, Michael Laubscher, described this opportunity as a big milestone for SATI that was initiated with commercial urgency and completed successfully. “This will make China more accessible for South African producers and make our produce more competitive.”

Source: freshplaza.com