Excellent growing conditions in South Africa have prompted the country’s Avocado Growers’ Association to forecast that the crop could increase by as much as 20% to 90,000 tonnes by the time harvesting takes place next May.
Avocados tend to bicrop - yield a smaller crop one year and a larger one the next - and 2005 is expected to be a year of full production.
The effects of increased planting will also boost yields. According to SAAGA, this alone suggests there could be 15% extra fruit available annually in the foreseeable future.
The current balance of varieties is approximately 36% for Fuerte and Haas, followed by Ryan (12%), Pinkerton (9%) and Adrenal (5%).