This article demonstrates that as a countries' tastes
in apples becomes more sophisticated, it will be necessary to produce a
top-quality product if it is to compete against imported apples.
What needs to happen is for apple varieties to be identified that
excel in a certain location's climate and soil type, ones that when
well-grown will create great demand because they cannot be grown
elsewhere. Planting multiple varieties that have their ripening
period spread out over four or five months will allow a more constant
flow of fresh apples to the market place, and also minimize the risk of
pests, disease or weather wiping out the entire crop.
article in In2 East Africa summarizes who hotels and supermarkets in
Tanzania are forced to spend a lot of money to import fruits and
vegetables, because those produced domestically are of poor quality.
One of the exceptions they note are the apples grown in in Iringa Region
that are comparable to the ones imported from South Africa.
Because of this I do not recommend planting more than
20% of your fields with Anna and Dorsett Golden. The rest should
be planted with at least 10 different varieties that may take longer to
come into bearing, but will be much more profitable in the long run.
Early testing results indicate that Fuji may become the dominant
locally-grown apple because if its excellent quality and reliability,
even though it takes five years to really start producing.
Highly-colored apples like Red Rebel, King David, Dixie Red Delight, and
Empire also will compete better. Every location is different and
it is only though testing that you will find the apple varieties that
excel in your area. Any one of the varieties we carry has the
potential of becoming that "winner", as we don't have room in our
orchard for losers.