South Africa: Raisin Annual

Post forecasts that raisin production will increase by 10 percent to 88,000 Metric Tons (MT) in the 2020/21 MY, based on normal weather conditions, growth in area planted, new orchards coming into full production, improvement in yields, wine grapes being diverted for raisin production, sufficient availability of irrigation water, and minimal hail/rain damage. Investment in increasing processing capacity is now critical given the continued growth in production and that some processors are already operating at 97 percent capacity. The United States was the third largest market for South African raisin exports accounting for 9 percent of the total export market share in 2019. South African raisin exports enjoy duty free access to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

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