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The promise of southern African blueberries

Fresh Blueberry
Namibia
South Africa
Zambia
Published Sep 23, 2020

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Recently, Zambia has been granted access to China, the first southern African nation to do so. This is a great envy of South African growers who have been looking to expand in the East for their growing production. Zambian and Namibian production, along with northern parts of South Africa, mature from March and April, about five months before harvest in the Western Cape, which has so far seen the bulk of South African production. . Early production from South Africa is mainly sold locally, with some air exports to the Middle East and other parts of the East. Exports to Europe only really start from August once European supplies start to decline. However, this year is not a normal year and the limited air freight has caused most exporters to Europe to focus their activities firmly on exports by sea. Although South Africa will ease its restrictions on air travel starting in October, a dramatic increase in available air cargo is unlikely immediately. Cape growers, at this stage, have ...
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