SA pome fruit (apple and pear) production areas experienced excellent growing conditions during the current season and the pome fruit sector is set for a record export crop. Apple exports are expected to rise by 5% year-on-year to 38,4 million 12,5 kg-equivalent cartons, and pears are due to grow by 6% to 17,9 million 12,5 kg-equivalent cartons. This is according to Hortgro’s trade and markets manager, Jacques du Preez, who presented at PMA South Africa’s live broadcast in partnership with Beanstalk.Global on 20 May 2021. The industry is exported-orientated, with approximately two-thirds of apples and one-third of pears produced being absorbed by the export market. In fact, pome fruit is the fourth biggest contributor to South Africa’s agriculture exports after citrus, wine, and grapes, and an important contributor to employment.