In this week’s Newsletter, we are delighted to share with you the early ARRA Varieties grown in greenhouses in the Jordan Valley of Israel. Growing the varieties in a greenhouse helps ripen the grapes even earlier. In addition, we bring you news fresh off the press from the ARRA Breeding site in California.
AJ Jansen van Vuuren, Table Grape Manager at TopFruit, the exclusive territorial agent for the commercialization of the ARRA™ Varieties and Early Sweet™ in Southern Africa, reports: “The start of the Namibian harvest has indications of very good quality thus far. We are happy with the feedback we receive on the ARRA varieties and Early Sweet as well as the benefits that these varieties bring to our producers”.
AJ continues: “In our recent visits to Namibia, we had the chance to engage with most of the ARRA and Early Sweet producers and discuss the individual varieties and the beneficial factors of each one. Most producers in Namibia have already placed their order of ARRA Honey Pop™ for the coming planting seasons. We believe that this variety will be a major contribution to this area”.
Shortly after Early Sweet follows the harvest of the red ARRA 13 (ARRA Passion Star™) and the black ARRA 14 (ARRA Mystic Bloom™), both grown mainly in Namibia and South Africa. These varieties continue to provide good overall coloring and a very nice berry sizing.
AJ reports about the day:” Since the field day, we had numerous inquiries regarding ARRA Honey Pop and the availability of vines for the 2022 and 2023 planting seasons. Eating quality was described as “higher level to current early white seedless” and the low labor requirements as described by Paul on the day are all factors that are greatly contributing to the endless inquiries for this early white”.
We join AJ in thanking the Dippenaar family for their contribution, all the support in showcasing ARRA 33 as well as the hospitality.
Agricola Rapel, this season, produced a great first crop of ARRA 32 (ARRA Mystic Dream™). Located in Piura, northern Peru, this coastal region is ideal for the production of table grapes as it has abundant water resources from the Andean rivers. Its sandy soil and climate allows the crop to develop during any time of the year. Agricola Rapel achieved great results with their ARRA Mystic Dream that has already reached the UK market’s shelves.
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