Frutas y HortalizasMay. 31, 2018
Sudáfrica: 16% se reducirá la producción de uvas esta campaña 2017/18
Table Grapes Fresh:
Post estimates that the 2017/18 MY table grape production will decrease by 16 percent to 280,000 MT, from 334,000 MT in the 2016/17 MY, based on the decrease in area harvested, limited irrigation water, sever sunburn and small fruit sizes in the Western Cape growing regions. This decrease was partially offset by the higher yielding new generation varieties, as well as normal production and growing conditions in the Orange River region of the Northern Cape Province.
The Western Cape growing areas hardest hit by the drought and also experienced heat damage are Olifants, Berg, and Hex River regions. The short to medium effect of the drought includes a shorter harvest season, smaller fruit sizes, and the permanent loss of some orchards that were neglected during the drought.
However, according to the industry, the medium to long term impact of the drought is expected to be less pronounced because of the climatically diverse growing regions, increased hectares in production, the continued shift to higher yielding new varieties,and the resilience and adaptation of table grape farmers.