Summertime is watermelon time, particularly in a year as hot and dry as this one. It’s been a very good season thus far, according to traders.

The early watermelon season in September started brilliantly for the few watermelon producers prepared to take the risk of getting watermelons ready for market so early.

At the moment, due to heatwave conditions, the market is a bit short on large sizes and jumbos are fetching very good wholesale prices at the moment, around R70 (4,3 euro). Ten-kilogram watermelons are fetching R45 to R50 on the wholesale market, slightly better than last year’s prices. – FreshPlaza

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