According to Freshplaza.es, during the Annual General Assembly of the Cherry Association, in the next 4 to 5 years, the planted cherry area in South Africa could increase in 90%.
In the last years, the planted area of this fruit has increased 77%, with 24 growers that cultivate in 33 agricultural units, Nina Viljoen, Hortgro economist, explained in the conference.
It was Viljoen herself that indicated that the planted area increased 90% the next 4 to 5 years reaching around 1,035 hectares.
The cherry production areas in South Africa are: Western Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
It’s worth mentioning that South Africa’s main export market is the United Kingdom. They also export cherries to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Asia.