About Us

Subtrop’s main objective is to promote and enable the farming, marketing and distribution of avocados. mangoes and litchis and to provide services to its member associations as required.  These services may include:

  • Management and administration
  • Liaison and communication
  • Provision of market information
  • Provision of economic information to aid competitiveness
  • Generic market development
  • Research coordination
  • Provision of technical information
  • Facilitation of market access initiatives
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The South African industry consist of ±17500 ha of commercial avocado orchards, the majority of which are situated in the North Eastern part of the country in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces.  Avocados are also grown commercially in  certain areas of KwaZulu-Natal Province and parts of the Eastern and Western Cape.  Annual production is the region of 140 000 ton, of which approximately 80 000 ton is exported to Europe and the United Kingdom.  The remainder is consumed domestically and approximately 10% is processed (oil and purée).  The South African Avocado season extends from March to October; due to climatic variability between growing regions most of the major cultivars are available over an extended period during the season.  With the expansion of the industry, SAAGA is working to access new markets such as the USA, Japan and China.

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The South African Litchi industry consists of 1730 ha of commercial litchi orchards, the majority of which are situated in the North Eastern part of the country in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.  Annual production is in the region of 6 000 ton per annum.

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The South African Mango industry consists of 7000 ha of commercial Mango orchards producing around 75 000 ton per annum.  Approximately two thirds of the crop is processed to juice, dried mango and achar (green mango pickle).  Most of the remainder of the crop is consumed fresh in South Africa, and some is exported fresh to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.  The main growing areas are in the North East of the country in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.  The mango season is from November to Mid-March each year.

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