SALGA is an association of litchi growers, processors and marketers that represents the South African litchi industry.

The Purpose of SALGA is to provide information on production, processing as well as culinary and nutritional aspects of litchis. SALGA acts as a mouthpiece of the industry on national and international forums.

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Delicious Recipes

South Africa litchis are available from October to March, with production peaking in the height of summer over November and January. Litchis are a source of vitamin C and they’re naturally free from saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

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Trader Info

Important info and contacts for the SA Litchi Industry. Listings of Litchi Processors and Litchi Exporters – click through to view full details.

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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