Farming enterprise based in the Northern Cape, The Karsten Group, is taking advantage of their close proximity to the Orange River to produce table grapes, dates, citrus, pecan nuts, top fruit and cherries.
Their grapefruit season is about a third through and although fruit is a bit smaller than last year, fruit quality is particularly good with strong packouts, says Marius Bester, project manager on Mosplaas Sitrus, a 375 hectare farm on the banks of the river. They started select-picking their Nadorotts last week, and there, too, the quality is pleasing.
The Mosplaas Sitrus packhouse will manage 20,000 export tonnes of citrus this season.
Karsten Marketing sells about 70% of their own citrus; the balance is done by Suiderland Plase. The Northern Cape has market access to the United States, which takes 80% of their grapefruit, the rest going to the EU and Russia.
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