The first South African Capespan lemons are being packed (harvesting was delayed due to weather in the North) for the Middle East, Russia, Canada and, starting this week, for the Far East.
The easing of the cold protocol on lemons to China presents a very big opportunity for South Africa, says Nico Kotze, head: citrus at Capespan, and towards the end of last year Capespan sent a trial container which, he says, went well.
“The big question is: What will the demand from China be for South African lemons, given that they have a decent domestic crop? We see demand into July, August and September as the good sales window.”
He observes that the lemon crop will be bigger this year, which might cause some concern, but markets are expected to be emptier than 2021.