About Us

Subtrop’s main objectives are to promote and enable the farming, marketing and distribution of subtropical fruit and nuts 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

            Extension services

            Facilitation of market access initiatives

            Liaison with government and relevant institutions on issues of importance

to the industry Members Associations


SAMAC

South Africa is the world’s largest producer of macadamia nuts followed by Australia and Kenya. The South African Macadamia industry consists of an estimated 19 000 ha and expansion is taking place at 1000 ha per annum. Production in 2014 is at 43 000 t (nut in shell). The industry is export based with more than 95% of annual production shipped to international markets. The Far East is presently our largest market, followed by the USA and Europe. Given the large number of young trees yet to come into production, the industry is expected to grow significantly over the next 5 to 7 years. 
The main growing areas are Levubu and Tzaneen in Limpopo province, Hazyview to Barberton in Mpumalanga and coastal KwaZulu-Natal. The harvesting and processing of Macadamia nuts is from February to August each year.

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SAAGA

The South African Avocado industry consists of 15000 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. Annual production is the region of 110 000 t, of which approximately 50 000 t 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 mid-March to September; 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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SAMGA

The South African Mango industry consists of 7000 ha of commercial Mango orchards producing around 65 000 t 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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SALGA

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 t per annum with product sold fresh and to juice processors.  Europe is presently the largest export market. The South African Litchi season extends from November – January each year.

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