Subtrop Journal
Volume 23 now
available online

Litchi article in this volume:
Pruning strategies for litchi,
Harvesting Practices for litchi,

Harvesting practices
for litchi

Litchi is a non-climatic fruit that does not
ripen further once picked. Therefore, unlike
other subtropical fruit, litchi fruit may sweeten
a little bit, but do not develop full flavour and
ripeness if harvested in an immature state.

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About Us

Our mission is to lead the development of a profitable and sustainable industry in the common interest of members through technical and marketing innovation.

Our Goals are to

  • Act in the common interest of our members
  • Determine technical research needs
  • Continually improve technology transfer and support and communication mechanisms
  • Increase technical and marketing interest studies and research
  • Establish generic market development programmes both locally and abroad that will increase consumer demand to meet increased supply

The litchi industry is the smallest of the four members of the Subtropical Growers’ Association (Subtrop). Despite its size, SALGA has a proud history of research. As a result a solid base of production and post-harvest is documented in the SALGA yearbooks. SALGA aims to use its limited resources to do things that individual growers cannot do on their own. Such activities include production and post-harvest research; study groups, liaison with government and other bodies; and work to access new markets such as the USA.

South Africa annually produces approximately 2million 2kg cartons of litchis per season, while 2500 tons of fruit are sent to the local markets and approximately 1600 tons of fruit are sent to juicing facilities.

Board of Directors

SALGA is governed by the board of directors made up of grower representatives from different productions regions.


SALGA is funded by its grower members who pay a production levy of 2% of the price paid by the processor to the grower. The levy is collected by the processors and paid over to SALGA

Service provided to members

SALGA uses the finds collected to finance research and the dissemination of research results in an easily readable format so as to provide practical and useful information to growers, processors and marketers.

The information is distributed to members through:

  • Technical Staff
  • Quarterly printed newsletters
  • The Annual yearbook (symposium proceedings)
  • The Cultivation of Litchi’s handbook and
  • The SALGA website