The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) has released the 1st Crop Estimate for the 2018/2019 season. The volumes are estimated to be between 63,2 and 70,1 million cartons.
Good winter rains, new plantings and new cultivars, brings the South African table grape industry back on its ‘organic’ growth trend, and are all positive signs for the coming season.
The Northern Provinces Region is expected to produce an even better crop than last year, and is the only region to have increased its volumes.
Harvesting in the Orange River region is expected to begin at the start of November, with an expected return to normal crop volumes.
The Olifants River Region vineyards have recovered well after the severe drought. The new vines, which were planted before the drought, are expected to come into full production, and it is expected that the region will return to pre-drought volumes.
The realisation of this first estimate is dependent on critical factors such as favourable weather conditions just before and during harvest, as well as the availability of enough irrigation water.
Read more about the Western Cape’s table grape industry crop estimate on Farmer’s Weekly.