Deciduous fruit is comprised of pome fruit and stone fruit.
- Pome fruit: apples, pears
- Stone fruit: peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots
2. International business environment
‘The export value of these selected fruit products has grown from approximately R33.3 billion in 2001 to R164.8 billion in 2015, which translates into an annual growth rate of 12.1% over this period (ITC, 2016). Traditionally Europe and America are the biggest markets for South African fruit, though exports to Asia, the Middle East and Africa have seen strong growth in recent years’.
The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) Baseline looks at the performance of apples, pears, peaches and nectarines, plums, and apricots. Find the latest document at www.bfap.co.za.
- World Apple and Pear Association – www.wapa-association.org. Find the list of members for global contacts in deciduous fruit.
- GOOD FRUIT GROWER – an international fruit magazine. Read about it at www.goodfruit.com.
3. Local business environment
Deciduous fruit is grown mainly in the Western Cape and in the Langkloof Valley of the Eastern Cape. Smaller production areas are found elsewhere in the country but mainly along the Orange River and in the Free State, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.
More returns are generated through exports and South Africa sells almost half of its pome fruit on the international market.
- Apples Exports go to the Africa, the Far East and Asia and the UK.
- Pears Europe and Russia are the major markets for green pears. The Far East and Asia and the Middle East are the next largest markets.
- Peaches and Nectarines South Africa is a relatively small peach grower in global terms. Most of its peaches and nectarines are processed. The Middle East and the UK are the top destinations for exports. The smallest proportion is consumed in the local market as a fresh product. The Klein Karoo area is a leading producer of peaches and nectarines in South Africa followed by the Ceres area.
- Plums South Africa is the third largest exporter of plums behind Chile and Spain (ITC 2016), its major markets being Europe, Russia and the Middle East. The remainder is consumed as fresh produce locally and a smaller percentage processed.
- Apricots The primary markets for produced apricots are processing and drying. Some 8% are exported, mostly to Europe, Russia and the Middle East.
Technical efficiency (like irrigation scheduling, orchard design, etc.) and strategic planning are important to keep farms going. Included in trends and drivers of change to be accommodated are:
Source: adapted from the BFAP Baseline Agricultural Outlook 2015 – 2024 and 2016-2025
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