SA experiencing asparagus shortage

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There is a shortage of asparagus in South Africa and less asparagus has been exported from its traditional suppliers.

It was reported on the Johannesburg municipal market’s website that an extremely low number of asparagus was sold on 8 June 2023 (200g punnets) at R140 (6,8 Euros) per kilogram.

The traditional asparagus import season runs from the beginning of March until the end of August.  Imports are mainly from Mexico and Peru. This year lower volumes have been imported and the weakening of the rand-dollar exchange rate makes it an expensive product to procure.

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Local asparagus industry in transition

There are very few commercial asparagus producers left in South Africa and FreshPlaza says little re-investment is made in traditional areas like Ficksburg in the Free State. However, new asparagus projects elsewhere in the Free State and in neighbouring countries are getting underway.

Asparagus demands long-term investment. The plants only reach maturity in the third year of growth and old plants should be removed and replaced every fifteen years. The time scale of asparagus growth, as well as factors like labour costs, might deter investors, but fortunately, there is a good demand in South Africa. – FreshPlaza

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