South African Breeder Lombardi Genetics launched it first commercial volumes of the new Tawny seedless grape variety this season. The new vines were planted in 2014. There are over 200 growers growing this early red seedless variety. Core Fruit has 8 growers in the Northern Cape region, some of whom grow exclusively for the company. The Tawny seedless in Kakamas was not quite ready for harvest as the sugars were still too low, but they were busy packing in Limpopo. “There has been a lot of rain up there,” explained Janine Lombard from Core Fruit.
“But everything is under plastic so the Tawny seedless grapes are unaffected by the rain under plastic. We are geared up for that as it is a summer rainfall area. It has been so dry in that area that rain is a very good thing for most farmers.” Growers are happy with this new variety as it is easy to grow and colours more easily than other varieties, the stems also stay green, even after travel.
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