The South African avocado industry is looking forward to a good year, as steadily increasing demand from both the local and international markets seems to hold. The industry expects 2018’s crop to weigh in at 125 000 tons. Half of this produce is destined for the export market, 40% will be consumed locally in the form of fresh avocados and the remaining 10% will be processed into foods like guacamole and avocado oil. The industry’s growth has additional advantages, including much needed job creation in rural areas.  Avocado farms, nurseries and pack houses currently employ around 8 200 permanent and 7 300 seasonal workers. – Fresh Plaza

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