News from a Macadamia Tree Nursery

The Macadamia Industry

Many areas in South Africa are already established to Macadamia commercial developments and with further growth in the industry, Macadamia Nut Production continues to be an attractive alternative to existing crops, achieving a high per hectare return. 

Noteworthy, is the expansion of Macadamia Trees into Africa; with Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Angola, and the Congo featuring on the list of just some of countries in a phase of growth. This bodes well for the Global Macadamia Industry, creating stability for the future supply.

Amorentia Macadamia Nursery remains the most established nursery in the industry, having propagated Macadamia trees for 50 years this year

Under the leadership of their New Senior Nursery Manager, Anneri Potgieter, Amorentia is happy to have trees available on demand for the 2022/2023 planting season.

Here is a snapshot of trees which Amorentia has supplied into Southern Africa over the past 12 months:

816, 849, 842, A4, A16, A4, Daddow, N2, Beaumont, 791, 814.

Global statistic Review 2021 reported the following Macadamia analysis with consolidated figures from SAMAC:

Processors signaled a crop forecast for 2021 of 54,174 metric tons dry-nut-in-shell (DNIS), up 11% from 2020. Although a bumper crop was expected, an unseasonal frontal rain during the critical flowering time resulted in significant flower blight infections, negatively impacting set.

Source: INC stats booklet from November 2021, supplied by Green&Gold.

Macadamia crop forecast 2022:

SAMAC concluded a crop estimate survey amongst SAMAC Handlers/Processors for the 2022 season.  The current projection for the 2022 crop is optimistic, compared to 2021 and 2020.  The current forecast for 2022 is 57 723 tones dry nut-in-shell.  The 2021 season ended on 53 320 tones dry nut-in-shell.  The forecast for 2022 is 8% higher than 2021 with an added 4 403 tones dry nut-in-shell forecast for 2022.  The forecast will be updated towards the end of March 2022.

Source: SAMAC website and newsletter.

Other Amorentia Nursery news:

Many areas, which are suitable to growing Macadamias are also suitable to growing Avocados and Dragon Fruit. Amorentia Nursery offers all modern Avocado selections, grafted on Guatemalan / West Indian Rootstocks for the 2022/2023 planting season.

Data extracted from a national benchmark study performed by Sourcebi Agriculture Data Analytics, shows the role that rootstocks play in the yield and quality in Avocado production. Over a seven-year period, seedling rootstocks yielded the same average tonnage per hectare as clonal rootstocks.

The Nursery also offers an exciting opportunity to grow Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit! An exciting market which is exploding in South Africa! All the Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit selections are deliciously sweet and have been trademarked to adequately differentiate this amazing fruit from, old, bland, and boring tasting Dragon Fruit selections. If you have never eaten one of our Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit Selections, you are missing out! And if you have available land to develop, consider this new and exciting crop as a real possibility for great returns per hectare.

For more information, contact the friendly, helpful Amorentia team.

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