SA to launch seedless grape breeding programme in Germany

JOHANNESBURG – THE Agricultural Research Council (ARC), in partnership with the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) and Culdevo will launch a seedless breeding red table grape variety called Joybells at the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair that will take place in Berlin, Germany.


The fair, which will run 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.


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 programmes in the past ten years.


Chief Executive Office of SATI Willem Bestiers said that 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.


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