Desert Fruit (Pty) Ltd is a Namibian-registered private company with the objective to produce, grow and sell high-value agricultural crops for the international market. Business operations are located at the banks of the Orange River that demarcates the border between South Africa and Namibia. It was incorporated in 2005 to take advantage of the limited supply of dates from the Southern Hemisphere and serves as a vehicle for social upliftment in the area, while caring for the environmental resources entrusted to it.
Amaryllis bulbs are multiplied by cutting them into chips (twinscales). The twinscales are kept in a controlled environment (incubation room) for 4 months where roots and small bulbs develop. The developed twinscales are then planted in nethouses. After which the small bulbs are harvested and stored in a cold room at 15°C for a month. They are then planted again in the shade-houses and allowed to grow for another year before the mature bulbs are harvested for sale. The leaves and roots are then removed and the bulbs are packed into lugs and exported to the USA and Europe in reefer containers by sea at 5°C.
The Dubium bulbs are imported as miniature bulbs. The miniature bulbs are planted in July/August and harvested in December. The bulbs are then cleaned and exported via airfreight given their small size.
Desert Fruit produces 1, 000,000 bulbs annually.