Bally Exports started in 1986. The first passion fruit crops were grown in 1988 and Bally has been in production since then. Bally was the first company in the world to get Globalgap certification for Passion fruit in, 1997. Bally also has Smeta, Tesco Nurture and are well in control of European client requirements.
Bally takes great pride in the work they have done to turn their production into a very eco friendly environment. All irrigation is from rain fed dams (reservoirs) with the use of drip irrigation to conserve water. They follow a pulse irrigation system so that small quantities of fertilizer are injected directly to sustain plant growth as required.
Bally presently produce in excess of 400 tons of natural compost per annum from crop prunings. The use of compost has greatly reduced our fertilizer usage, and has resulted in healthy more natural plants that require a fraction of the sprays we required 20 years ago. Bally has done a lot of research with a Kenyan company, Dudutech, to turn their spraying systems into a form of biological control. The staff at Bally Exports attend regular IPM training courses with Dudutech promoting “environmentally intelligent farming”, and Bally has full confidence in the product they deliver in this respect. Bally has just returned from Fruit Logistica in Berlin where they made contact with another biological systems company, Koppert, and have just taken delivery of the first batch of their product to test.
Bally is in production for 45 weeks of the year, but naturally have peaks and troughs. Bally plants annually which is expensive, but this ensures healthy plants that don’t require a lot of sprays.
There are two dips in the production cycle caused by temperature spikes. October heat waves increase flower drop so we have a dip from around January 20th to February 20th. The June/July cold spell and frost reduces production from September 10th to October 20th. The rest of the year they are covered.
Bally will, in most cases, pack to your specifications, unless we cannot get certain packaging types from South Africa, which is where we source the majority of our packaging materials.
The majority of products are flown directly to Amsterdam as well as London. Bally finds that their air freight product arrives in Europe with more flavour and more juice as the fruit is allowed to ripen on the vine.
Bally currently packs the following pack sizes
2 / 3 / or 4 fruit in a bag
6 fruit in a punnet
Bally is able to print generic labels with or without bar codes.