South African pomegranate volumes have seen a drop of between 20 to 25% on export volumes. The first Acco and Herskovitz from the Western Cape have been shipped and should arrive in Europe by week 10. The drought and access to irrigation water have affected the fruit count, which could peak at a count or two lower this season. Every grower’s water situation is unique. Oudtshoorn had a bit of rain last week, while growers along the Berg River have no more access to irrigation water from the river this season and are completely dependent on boreholes and farm dams. Water quality and rising salt levels in irrigation water is a growing problem, not just in the Western Cape but across the country. – Fresh Plaza

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