Fruit & Nuts

How pioneers make mango production work

How pioneers make mango production work

Bernie van den Heever and Danie Smit are proving that mango production can become a thriving enterprise in the Western Cape.
Litchis & avos: using precision farming to improve yields

Litchis & avos: using precision farming to improve yields

Demand for litchis and avocados has soared and encouraged producers to embrace precision farming methods. Stephan Schoeman, owner of Soetkalmoes Consultation in Nelspruit, an advisory service for the tree crops industry, tells Gerhard Uys how these practices are improving yield and crop quality.
Pecan nuts: how to plan an orchard and prepare the soil

Pecan nuts: how to plan an orchard and prepare the soil

To maximise pecan nut production, it is crucial to prepare the soil properly. This includes applying fertiliser correctly, ensuring sufficient macroelements, and proper orchard planning. A team from Laeveld Agrochem recently gave a presentation on these aspects.
Eastern Cape farmers head west to diversify

Eastern Cape farmers head west to diversify

Two ways of reducing farming risk are to grow a variety of crops and plant in different geographical areas. Several citrus farmers from the Eastern Cape and other provinces have done both: they’ve bought land near Robertson to diversify production, and introduced new crops. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Hannes Joubert, and his son-in law, Jan Rabie, about their new venture.
Macadamia fertilisation: an expert guide for SA growers

Macadamia fertilisation: an expert guide for SA growers

Dr Gerhard Nortje, a fertiliser consultant and senior lecturer at the University of South Africa, says that correct soil pH and nutrient balance are crucial for the sustainable and profitable production of macadamia trees.
Mechanised fruit farming: increase profits and create jobs

Mechanised fruit farming: increase profits and create jobs

Johan Esterhuyse, who produces a range of stone fruit varieties has introduced mechanisation on his farm to ensure profitability and long-term sustainability. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the positive impact of these innovations.
Macadamias: a growing industry, but challenges await

Macadamias: a growing industry, but challenges await

South Africa’s macadamia industry is expected to double production over the next few years. But processors will have to find new markets and add value to nuts to maintain exports, according to Alex Whyte, sales and marketing manager for Green Farms Nut Company.
Strawberries: overcoming the stumbling blocks

Strawberries: overcoming the stumbling blocks

Strawberry production in South Africa is expensive, with exhorbitant set-up costs. The market is also very competitive. Mark Miller, operations manager at Redberry Strawberry Farm in George, spoke to Jay Ferreira about how the company has tapped into the local and export markets, and how agritourism has given them an extra edge over local competitors.
Ceres farmer achieves best-ever harvest, despite drought

Ceres farmer achieves best-ever harvest, despite drought

Despite extremely dry conditions, Ceres Valley farmer, Retief du Toit, recently succeeded in producing his two best harvests ever. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how he achieved this.
New cultivars & production methods for guava industry

New cultivars & production methods for guava industry

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is funding research to stimulate and sustain the growth and development of minor crops in the province, a move that promises to transform the guava industry in the region.
Grabbing hold of the golden kiwifruit export market

Grabbing hold of the golden kiwifruit export market

Golden kiwifruit is in high demand in Europe and Asia. New Zealand is currently the largest producer and exporter of the fruit in the southern hemisphere, but South Africa is ideally placed to take advantage of an annual gap in production.
Attention to detail – key to successful cherry farming

Attention to detail – key to successful cherry farming

Jeandré du Preez visited Derick van Zyl, estate manager of the farm, Esperanto, in the Koue Bokkeveld, to learn about cherry production in that province, and what makes this crop a challenging yet rewarding one.

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