The South African Table Grape Industry (Sati) released the fourth crop estimate for the 2020/21 season. Intake volumes increased to between 67,2 and 70,9 million cartons (4,5kg equivalent). This was due to the earliest two regions concluding their packing and ongoing favourable harvest conditions in the three Western Cape grower regions.
The estimate for the northern provinces increased to between 7,8 and 7,9 million cartons, and for the Orange River region to between 18,3 and 18,5 million cartons. The Olifants River region was adjusted to between 4 and 4,2 million cartons, and the Berg River region to between 16,5 and 17,3 million cartons. The estimate for the Hex River region remains unchanged.
New plantings of higher yielding cultivars that are now coming into full production have also contributed to the increased intake volumes.
The updated fourth estimate (Table 1) was reached by considering the best available information, experience and observations, the latest industry vine census, and historical data.
Table 1: The fourth crop estimate for the 2020/21 season (million 4,5kg equivalent cartons).
Crop estimates are done in co-operation with growers and industry experts representing all production regions. This forum is used by Sati to be more responsive to in-season developments and deviations. – Press release, Sati