The sales and market price levels should start picking up on Lemons once Turkey and Egypt is out of the market by the end of March.

Continued downward trend in sales and market price levels for South African summer pear varieties and the market is expected to pick up in the next few weeks with the new season Forelle/Vermont beaut winter pears. Apple price levels remain stable; however South Africa and Chile is competing with Poland, Turkey, and Ukraine in the market at lower price levels.

Slight decrease in price levels for South African mangoes compared to last week.

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Citrus & Mango

Limited packing currently on lemons due to heavy rainfall in the Northern areas, with a few growers that will start packing next week (week 10), however most growers will only start in week 11.

Market update

The market is still supplied with lemons from Egypt and Turkey, however there are some quality issues this late in the season. Egypt and Turkey should be out of the market by the end of March.

Mangoes – South Africa

Due to the ongoing rain in the Limpopo province, the growers have finished packing and the season has ended on mangoes.

Market update

There has been a slight downward trend in the price levels of South African mangoes in the market.  The market is still supplied with mangoes from South Africa, Yemen, and Kenya.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


The packing of the first Forelle winter pears should start towards the end of next week (week 10) in certain areas for shipping in week 11. The season seems to be 1-2 weeks earlier compared to last season and the crop is estimated to be 15% less this season due to the hailstorms last season. Price levels will be high for the Forelle pears.

The recent cyclone that has hit North Island of New Zealand has resulted in unprecedented damages to kiwifruit, apples, and pears. The tropical cyclone hit the main apple producing area of Hawkes Bay which is 65% of NZ total volume.  It is still too early to measure the extent of the damage.

Market update

Price levels in the GCC countries remain stable on apples, however the market is still supplied with apples from Poland, Serbia, and Ukraine at competitive price levels. South Africa and Chile will compete with these countries and market price levels are not anticipated to increase until these countries are out of the market.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit, Cherries


South Africa is at the tail-end of the grape season with 2 weeks left of packing on Crimson red seedless variety. Rain is expected in the area over the next few days, and this can affect the packing of the grapes.

Market update

The price levels for white grapes from South Africa remains stable in Dubai market, however, there has been an increase in price levels in Saudi Arabia. This can be due to limited volumes being shipped from South Africa at the tail end of the season with minimal volumes if any being packed on white and black grapes. The market is also supplied with good quality white and black grapes from India.

Stone Fruit

Total plum exports from South Africa on all varieties is expected to be down by 14% compared to last season.


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Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

India / Bangladesh


The pear market is showing slow signs of dropping in prices as more volumes arrive. Volumes of Packhams enroute as well. Delays at Cape Town port could result in bulking of vessels as well.


First SA apples have arrived in a good market. Expectations are that markets will be good from now and during Ramadan and then prices will start to drop.

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