South Africa - Yet more rain could spell quickened end to grapes

24.03.2023 444 views

In the Hex River Valley grape growers are warily watching threatening skies, again, as yet more rain is predicted for the Western Cape.

“If it rains now it’ll cause big problems and the season will pretty much be at its end,” says an exporter. They have several hundred thousand of mostly Crimson (and a bit of Autumn Royal) still to be packed; traditionally South African grapes would arrive in export markets up until week 21 or 22.

A few weeks ago the Western Cape’s packing was halted for a week as a result of the delays at the harbour caused by wind (among other things – some in the freight industry maintain that the port is only 50% responsible for delays; the other half of the blame lies with inefficiencies among freight forwarders and container depots that result in truck drivers sent hither and thither).

The flow through coldstores is better, the exporter adds, but the backlog in the harbour is “terrible “.

“At the moment we are getting space and we’re getting containers and we can get them into the stacks. There’ve been changes to vessel schedules to try and catch up but I don’t think they’ll be able to sort out the backlog before the citrus season,” he comments.

“Could’ve been a great end to grapes”
Rain at various times this grape season has resulted in quality problems and for that reason, grapes have been moving slowly through the packhouse as bunches are carefully worked over.

Export programmes in simple packaging are favoured in case of a rejection when grapes need to be repacked for the local market.

“An early end to the South African table grape season is bad: it’s bad for clients, it’s bad for us, but for those who can make it, prices will be good,” observes a grape exporter. There is little Chilean product in Europe which doesn’t buy much from Brazil.

“The overseas market will definitely be in short supply which actually presents a very good opportunity for late South African grapes, and a chance to obtain good prices. It could’ve been a great end to our season. It certainly felt like the quality and shelf life were better this year.”

The UK remains a stable grape market, while China was much better than last year, FreshPlaza was told, “but only if you send the right product”.

The East was fairly difficult this season, purchase power has diminished. In the Middle East prices are “not on standard”.

Source -


France - Concerns about endive harvest quality

There are still a lot of questions surrounding the current French endive campaign. Although harvesting resumed at the end of last week (delays due to flooding), the recent rains have once again halted the work of endive producers.


Germany - Rainfall in the last week made harvesting conditions even more difficult

In addition to the dominant domestic supply, potato imports from abroad also increased slightly. According to the BLE, demand could be met without difficulty. In Germany, there are still individual areas of potatoes that still need to be harvested.


Spain - The production of vegetables will be reduced this season in Andalusia due to the drought

The campaign for open ground vegetables such as leeks, carrots, kohlrabi and cabbage is now starting in southern Spain, limited by factors such as water scarcity, which has led to a reduction in the estimated volumes for this campaign, and difficulties in finding sufficient labor.


Australia - Storms hit wheat harvest

Heavy rain sweeping through southeastern Australia has damaged wheat crops, potentially shrinking production by more than 100,000 tons and turning up to 1 million tons of milling wheat into lower-quality feed grain, analysts said.


India - Karnataka govt to pay crop loss compensation of up to ₹2,000 per farmer

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday said with the Centre delaying drought relief, the state government has decided to pay the first instalment of crop loss compensation, of up to ₹2,000 per farmer, as immediate relief.


India - Six more districts in Maha hit by rain; affected land increases to 4L ha

Six more districts in Maharashtra have been hit by hailstorms and unseasonal rain, taking the count to 22 districts and increasing the area under crop damage by three times from 1,32,272 hectares to 3,93,325 hectares.


India - Maharashtra govt to give aid up to 3 hectares for crop losses due to unseasonal rains Shinde

The Maharashtra government will give financial assistance up to three hectares of land to farmers who have suffered crop losses due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms in the last few days, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said on Wednesday.


Spain - Lower yields for early clementines and oranges

The excessively mild climate is having a noticeable impact on Spanish citrus cultivation this year. The lack of cold hours is generally reflected in weaker tree growth and the low rainfall is leading to more depleted soil, which in turn is harming production volumes.

istanbul escort şişli escort tbilisi escort şişli escort şişli escort maslak escort istanbul escort beşiktaş escort taksim escort izmir escort ümraniye escort mecidiyeköy escort şişli escort taksim escort ümraniye escort kartal escort şirinevler escort maltepe escort istanbul escort ümraniye escort kadıköy escort vip escort mersin escort istanbul escorts ataköy escort avcılar escort beylikdüzü escort okmeydanı escort şişli escort tuzla escort işitme cihazı sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop