Promoting Production and Marketing of Root Crops in Southern Africa in a Changing Climate Using Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) Pathway
Apple production is forecasted to increase by two percent to 980,000 MT in the 2016/17 MY, based on the increase in area planted, new plantings coming into full production and normal weather conditions.
Post forecasts that South African apple exports will increase by about four percent to 550,000 MT in the 2016/17 MY, based on the available production and the weak rand exchange rate.
Lychee is a specialty fruit that is slowly gaining popularity in Europe, although average consumption per capita is still limited. It is most popular in France. Madagascar and South Africa supply the majority of lychees during the winter season (from October to February). Opportunities for new suppliers exist in specialties and outside of the main season.
German chamomile is an anual plant that is native to Southern and Western Europe, and North and West Asia. It has been cultivated in North America and Australia where it is naturalised. Roman chamomile, a perennial species, has similar uses.
The market for organic food products in the Netherlands is growing; however, supply shortages are hampering the grow th of the market. The Republic of South Africa (RSA) has the advantage of being able to produce organic food products during the European winter seas on, as it is located in the southern hemisphere. Sourcing organic products from the RSA could therefore amelio- rate the current shortness of supply.
The South African food safety and food control systems are developed and enforced by three government departments: Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).