JOHANNESBURG - The Agricultural Research Council (ARC), in partnership with the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) and Culdevco will launch a seedless breeding red table grape variety called Joybells at the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair taking place in Berlin, Germany.
The fair, which runs this week from Wednesday to Friday, will showcase Joybells cultivated in 2001 by table grape breeder and Senior Researcher at ARC, Phyllis Burger, at the South African National Pavilion.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Burger said: “Based on the increase in the industry and consumer demands, as a research council together with the industry, we started to locally invest more into the seedless breeding programme in the past ten years.
"To get varieties in the table grape sector most South African growers relied heavily on imported varieties that had to be adapted to our climate. Therefore, there was a need to cultivate a breeding programme locally.”
The Chief Executive Officer of SATI Willem Bestbier said with the launch and introduction of Joybells in the table grape industry, South Africa’s profile as a serious table grape grower and supplier world-wide will be raised.