JOHANNESBURG – South African farmers are looking to take advantage of the boom in demand for avocados.
The sector is hoping to make the most of an all-year-round demand coupled with the attractive prices the fruit fetch.
South Africa currently exports more than half of its annual production of around 125,000 tonnes to Europe.
Farmers are now looking to expand into drier areas to extend their season.
They say prices and yields have rebounded following South Africa’s worst drought in a century down in the Cape.
Avocado is also known as “green gold” for the high prices they fetch.
“The pricing has increased dramatically, the farming practices have increased in yields. It’s a very attractive commodity or it’s not quite a commodity, it’s a very attractive fruit to be producing,” Halls Commercial Director Craig Lewis said.