These fruits typically require a hot, dry climate, i.e. warm days, cool nights, low humidity and very little rain during the ripening and harvesting period. The climate must provide enough heat energy to ripen the fruit and ensure sweetness, tastiness and shelf life. Winter must be long enough to ensure a period of dormancy for the trees and vines. Bud growth will start as temperature rises above a cultivar-specific minimum temperature in early Spring.
In the Little Karoo, the fruit harvesting season starts with the delivery of nectarines in October, followed by apricots from November until mid-December. Plums are harvested from December until March. Table grapes are delivered from December until April. Figs are harvested and exported from February to May and pomegranates during February and March. Fruit from the Little Karoo is popular for its longer shelf life and high sugar levels.
We supply packaging materials for the above-mentioned variety of fruit types.
We handle and do the marketing of the local fruit to our main domestic fresh produce markets in Tshwane, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Pietmaritzburg and Durban.
Fruit destined for either the domestic or international export market is pre-cooled to the required minimum carrying (fruit specific) temperature at our state-of-the-art cold store facilities with forced-air cooling chambers and holding rooms in Ladismith. The fruit are loaded in reefer containers or refrigerated trucks and transported to the Cape Town harbour or to various domestic fresh produce markets. Klein Karoo Agri Fruit also supplies logistical support and assistance to ensure that the fruit destined for export markets is delivered on time at the harbour to be shipped to the United Kingdom, the Middle East, the Far East and Europe.