US consumers may soon see South African avocados on their supermarket shelves as growers from the country look for new markets to sustain export growth momentum that’s set to taper in its home continent.
South African agricultural exports surged 68% to R104.43bn in the six years through 2015, boosted by demand from its neighbours, data from the International Trade Council show. Trade increased as companies including Shoprite, the continent’s largest food retailer, took local products abroad to stock their stores, Agricultural Business Chamber CEO John Purchase said.
The "massive growth" is set to slow as producers start to source goods domestically, which means new markets need to be found, he said. Read full article»
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