Blueberry harvest in Namibia will last until October

Blueberry harvest in Namibia will last until October


Namibian-grown blueberries are shipped through Family Tree Farms and DKI Fruit to the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia

South African company Mashare Berries has planted 20 hectares of blueberries in the border regions of Namibia and Angola. It is noted that the plantations of perennial shrubs were laid back in November 2019. Seedlings supplied by Fall Creek Nursery.

The first harvest of berries was harvested in early July 2020. A certain part of the volume was exported to the UK, Hong Kong, Spain. The harvesting campaign will last until October.

“Blueberry varieties in Namibia ripen about four weeks earlier than varieties in South Africa. The first harvest is estimated at 150 tons, and by the third year the volumes will be much larger, ”said Henriette le Grange, Marketing Specialist for Mashare Berries and Mashare Irrigation.

She added that Fall Creek blueberries have proven themselves well in the hot and dry Okavango climates with short, cold winters. Irrigation is carried out from the Okavango River.

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Blueberries are the new berry for Namibia. Before the advent of its own cultivation project, the total consumption of blueberries in the country was only 100 kg per week. Now the situation is changing, writes FruitNews with reference to Freshplaza.

“For comparison, we have a client who needs more than 6 tons. The Namibian market is underdeveloped. At the same time, local residents do not like imported berries, as they consider them tasteless and small, ”explained Henrietta le Grange.

Namibian-grown blueberries are supplied through Family Tree Farms and DKI Fruit to the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. By the third year, the harvest will grow and the market will expand with the possible inclusion of South Africa. After picking, the berries are cooled for 15 minutes to 1 ° C and then packed. The shortage of flights caused by Covid-19 is forcing exporters to ship products by sea through the port of Johannesburg to the UK, Spain and Hong Kong.

“We have a lot of plans – to add another 40 hectares of blueberries, as well as to plant avocados,” said a specialist at Mashare Berries.


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