Golden opportunities in KZN

East Coast Intensive Horticulture RECENTLY held its biannual grower’s day at the Beaumont Eston Farmers Club. Chairperson John Sandison said producers in KwaZulu-Natal needed to make the most of “golden opportunities” in the province.
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East Coast Intensive Horticulture RECENTLY held its biannual grower’s day at the Beaumont Eston Farmers Club. Chairperson John Sandison said producers in KwaZulu-Natal needed to make the most of “golden opportunities” in the province. “The four major retailers import over 200t of fruit and vegetables from other provinces daily,” said. “But that could be produced locally. There’s no incentive for retailers to source food locally so it’s up to producers to find out what they are importing and grow it for them.” – Robyn Joubert Growers wanting to join the horticulture group can contact Grant Pringle on 084 515 9894 or e-mail [email protected]

Free State honours feedlot pioneer

Dirk van Reenen, founder of Sparta Beef in the Free State, has been honored at a gala event in Marquard for his contribution to the South African feedlot industry. He has been lauded as one of the pioneers who took the industry from a basic to a streamlined business during his 40-year career. Van Reenen is seen here with his wife and daughters: (left to right) Lynette, Mrs Bettie van Reenen, Estelle and Erika. – Annelie Coleman

Annelie Coleman represents Farmer’s Weekly in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape. Agriculture is in her blood. She grew up on a maize farm in the Wesselsbron district where her brother is still continuing with the family business. Annelie is passionate about the area she works in and calls it ‘God’s own country’. She’s particularly interested in beef cattle farming, especially with the indigenous African breeds. She’s an avid reader and owns a comprehensive collection of Africana covering hunting in colonial Africa, missionary history of same period, as well as Rhodesian literature.