Unofficial marketing forecasts from within the trade point to the South African avocado crop meeting a strong demand when the first green skinned Fuerte begins to arrive around the first week of May.
The Israeli crop has already come to a close and the quality of Spanish has tended to be variable with a shortage of large sized fruit also beginning to be evident. At present, gaps are mainly being filled by Kenya.
Ian Waller, responsible for Capespan’s SA avocado programmes, reports that Fuerte harvesting in the early regions such as the Limpopo
province has already finished. This variety is looking good and seems to have escaped the effects of a prolonged drought.
At this stage, he judges that both Hass and Ryan will be down on last year and smaller sized, although in other production areas this fruit is still looking good.