Fruit & Nuts

Tree hog

Cutting water and energy use in orchards

Robertson farmer, Louis Loubser, has developed a system that allows micro-sprinkler users to significantly cut water and energy use in orchards. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about his invention, the...
Proactive fruit farming techniques

Proactive fruit farming techniques

Oak Valley Estate in the Elgin Valley grows apples and pears, among many other product lines, on a commercial scale. Key to the farm’s production for the export market is...
Aat Hoekstra

Secrets of a visionary fruit farmer

Western Cape fruit farmer Aat Hoekstra (85) recently received the South African fruit industry’s OSH Reinecke Industry Leader Award for 2015. The British Journal of Fresh Produce has also referred...
Sharon fruit in SA – growing local and export sales

Sharon fruit in SA – growing local and export sales

Exotic Sharon fruit was introduced to South Africa in the late 1990s, but it took years to establish in which regions the trees would produce optimally. Over the past five...
Making organic fruit farming work

Making organic fruit farming work

Organic farming is risky and difficult, but Jannie Nieuwoudt of Jamaka Organic Farm in the Cederberg believes the risk is justified by the rewards.
Macadamia Nuts are a growing market

Macadamia nuts – a growing market

if a farmer willing to wait seven years for a return on investment will find that money does indeed grow on trees.
Moringa makes an easy meal

Moringa makes an easy meal with a nutritious punch

There are many pots on the boil on the farm of DAFF’s Best Female Entrepreneur of the Year, but the main course is based on Moringa.
Challenges facing SA fruit farmers

Challenges facing SA fruit farmers

Hannes Toua (34) is the Agri Western Cape/Santam Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year 2013. He spoke to Denene Erasmus about some of the challenges and opportunities facing South African...
A look at South Africa’s pomegranate production

A look at South Africa’s pomegranate production

Pomona is the largest pomegranate producer in South Africa and one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. Jay Ferreira spoke to founding member and CEO Brent Geddes about the...
A look at the South African Apple industry

A look at the South African Apple industry

The eastern Free State’s apple orchards are doing well with a small edge in marketing time over the more established orchards of the Western Cape. Lloyd Phillips talks to Charles...

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