The deal on the export of avocados China is a thrilling breakthrough that will benefit South African growers and exporters. After signing a memorandum of agreement at the BRICS summit, South African producers can begin to prepare their products for shipping into China.
However, the majority of growers believe that there’s a lot of work that needs to be done because the Chinese do not have a huge appetite in the consumption of avocados as of yet. Jannie Lombard an avocado grower located in Tzaneen in Limpopo said to Food For Mzansi that it will take about 10 years for South African growers to see benefits of importing to China. However, he says that any access to market is thrilling because there is a huge demand for the South African market is under immense pressure due to the competition of Latin America, so any open market will ease the tension.
“Chinese citizens aren’t traditionally avocado users, therefore I don’t expect any improvements in the near-term. It will take minimum of ten years to establish ourselves fully within the Chinese market,” he said. Based on Lombard that, as long as the market becomes sustainable, employment creation is likely to require a while since South African growers need to market their avocados into China. Chinese market.
Source: The Plantations International Agroforestry Group of Companies