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Laborie Dialogue Initiative Seeks New Deal for Farm Worker Housing

A report commissioned by the Laborie Dialogue Initiative (LDI) provides a gloomy review of current factors influencing provision of housing, services and tenure security for agricultural workers “who remain a poorly served and largely neglected constituency”.

Think Outside the Box – Stone Fruit Strategic Session

A strategy session to align the stone fruit production compass for the next 20 years was recently held at Klipbokkop in the Western Cape. André Smit, South African Stone Fruit Producers’ Association chairman, and 33 board members as well as HORTGRO staff attended the event.

WAPA Position Paper on Storage Practices and Shelf Life

Storage of apples and pears is common practice in the sector and used to supply the market throughout the season, whilst keeping a high level of quality of the fruit for the consumer experience. This position paper has been drafted to explain the reasoning behind storage and the effects on quality and shelf life.

Local Markets Make Positive Show

A recent visit to local markets in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng had promising results.

HORTGRO makes State of the Province Address

HORTGRO made it all the way to Parliament this year when the Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, gave her State of the Province address, themed: Good governance starts a domino effect. Zille used HORTGRO as an example of industry excellence.

SA Industry Leaders Make Their Mark

Two South African fruit industry leaders have been commissioned to international industry organisations.

Nasionale Minimum Loon Aangekondig

Na twee jaar se onderhandelinge tussen die partye in Nedlac (met die uitsondering van Cosatu) het adjunk-president Cyril Ramaphosa op 8 Februarie 2017 aangekondig dat daar ooreengekom is op ’n nasionale minimum loon.

Great Fruit Adventure

Global health issues; childhood obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and businesses selling sugary drinks and snacks to an ever-younger audience, have urged two Britons to start an adventure, and in the process educate children and their families about the importance of fresh produce.

Road Transport Amendments

These amendments pertain to laws regulating transport of workers as published in the November 2016 National Gazette (No. 40420).

SAINSBURY’s wins HORTGRO award for doubling stone fruit sales

Annual prize from South Africa’s stonefruit industry awarded to Sainsbury’s after it more than doubled sales.
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Fresh Produce Market Monitor

Read DAFF’s latest Fresh Produce Market Monitor, covering performance, experiences and developments at the Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town Fresh Produce Markets (FPMs) since April 2016.

INTERPERA 2016 – A Pear Affair

The 9th annual Interpera congress was recently held in South Africa for the first time.

Deciduous Fruit Industry Honours Luminaries

The deciduous fruit industry recently held their annual gala evening where they honoured luminaries within the industry. Read the press release in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa here.

Witzenberg Pals: Land reform that supports economic growth

Witzenberg PALS launched an initiative to expedite land reform in the Witzenberg area.

HORTGRO Donates 1200 Apples To Khayelitsha School

HORTGRO donates apples to Encotsheni Primary School in Khayelitsha.

WAPA EU Pome Fruit Crop Forecast

A summary from the WAPA Report for August 2016.

SASPA Roadshow on a Roll

SASPA & HORTGRO is currently hosting a stone fruit roadshow in an effort to strategically prepare for the future of the industry.

HORTGRO Science Technical Symposium Summary Report 2016

Missed this year’s HORTGRO Science Technical Symposium? Read or download the detailed, yet concise summary report of the 5-day event here.

Deciduous Fruit Industry Leads Agri’s Got Talent Entries

This year the deciduous fruit industry is dominating Agri’s got Talent, with eight of the Top 10 finalists chosen, being from fruit farms.

Annual Stone Fruit Drying Evaluation Held at ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) hosted their annual stone fruit drying evaluation on Wednesday, 18 May.

Confronting Climate Change Wins EcoLogic Award

Confronting Climate Change wins prestigious EcoLogic Bronze Award.

Witzenberg PALS Powering Ahead

The Witzenberg Partnership (PALS) a radical land reform initiative, is powering ahead despite serious challenges. PALS has been hailed as a ‘blue-print’ for land reform in South Africa, and currently receives government support at the highest level.

Minimising Risk of Farm Unrest in Turbulent Times

In light of rising financial pressure and political discontent, producers would be prudent to create strategies to prevent and effectively manage unrest on their farms.

Jan van Riebeeck and A Golden Apple – A Tale of Social Media

HORTGRO uses social media to build and maintain relationships, and to help grow your fruit IQ.
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Multi-million Rand Fund for Emerging Farmers

Emerging Western Cape fruit farmers are set to receive R120 million in funding to boost their businesses.

FIVCRT: Minister Acknowledges Fruit Sector Efforts

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana, is very happy with the progress the Fruit Industry Value Chain Round Table (FIVCRT) has made over the past year.

Indonesia Grants South Africa ‘Country Of Recognition Status’

Indonesia grants ‘Country of Recognition Status’ for the export of 15 South African horticultural products.
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Codes of Best Practice for National Fresh Produce Markets

Codes of best practice for national fresh produce markets as it pertains to market managers, market agents, producers, labour and service provides.

SIZA Takes the Sting out of Auditing

The Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA), not only allows fruit growers to remedy weaknesses in their labour
practices, but also to prove their fruit has been produced in an ethically responsible way. Support for the programme
is growing steadily under leading retailers across the world.

PPECB Inspection Fee and Export Levy Increases

The PPECB Inspection Fee and Export Levy increases are set to be effective from 1 April 2016. The PPECB is mandated by the Department of Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries (DAFF) to deliver statutory services on perishable products destined for the export market.

CCMA Announces the Launch of Pilot a Workplace Mediation Service

The CCMA is proud to announce the launch of a pilot workplace mediation service in the Western Cape Fruit Sector. Workplace Mediation is a process to resolve conflict in the workplace that may arise between the employer and employee(s) or between employees.

HORTGRO Science Technical Symposium 2016

HORTGRO Science proudly invites you to 2016’s annual technical symposium, which will be held at Allée Bleue, Simondium, from 30 May to 3 June 2016.

The Unexpected Triumph of Goliath

Jacky Goliath is a busy woman. She moves around the farm like a superhuman checking that everything works as it should. She gives her farmhand a few instructions over a two-way radio and then escapes from the scorching Berg River sun into her cool office at De Fynne Nursery.

Oom Kampie Vat ‘n Blaaskans

Wanneer Pieter de Necker om vyf uur soggens wakker word en aansit vir sy Weetbix met net melk, maak hy homself gereed vir die dag en dié se nuwe uitdagings. De Necker wat in Northcliff, Johannesburg grootgeword het, meen hy was nog altyd lief vir die natuur en landbou en die konstante evolusie daarvan.

Landelike Robertson-skole Kry Groot Skenking

HORTGRO se markontwikkelingsprogram in die Verenigde Koninkryk het hierdie jaar weer die Help a South African School-kompetisie koördineer. HORTGRO in samewerking met LCL Logistics en Ambre Transport het op 15 Februarie die 22 ton boeke wat ingesamel is, wat uit 70% hoërskool boeke en 30% laerskool boeke bestaan, aan landelike skole in die Robertsonomgewing versprei.
HORTGRO’S Benić Grabs Another GLOBALG.A.P. Term

HORTGRO’S Benić Grabs Another GLOBALG.A.P. Term

Lindi Benić, HORTGRO’s Trade and Market Access Affairs Manager, has been re-elected on the GLOBALG.A.P. Crops Technical Committee as Africa’s Producer representative. Her four year term starts this year.

Fruit Logistica – Emerging Growers Hit Europe

Three countries in twelve days is a tall order. If you have never travelled abroad before… it’s a mind warp. Ask anyone of the emerging growers that joined the combined HORTGRO/Western Cape Government Department of Agriculture’s Study Tour to Europe this year. The tour that ended with a visit to the Fruit Logistica 2016 exhibition in Berlin, Germany, has been hailed by all as an unforgettable experience.

Die Langkloofinligtingsdag

Altesaam 77 mense het vanjaar se funksie bygewoon. Vanjaar het die praatjies op die visie van die “Boord van die Toekoms” gefokus: Hoe nuwe appelboorde beplan word om meer effektief en winsgewend te wees, die nuutste inligting oor die prestasie van appelonderstamme in verskeie evaluasiepersele.


Every year INTERPERA is organised by the Assembly of the European Regions producing Fruit, Vegetables and Ornamental Plants (AREFLH) and by a local partner in a pear-producing country. Next year, the AREFLH would like to have the conference in South Africa in collaboration with HORTGRO.

HORTGRO Science Celebrates Researchers

HORTGRO Science celebrated their researchers at the annual Researcher Thank You Breakfast that was held at the Mont Marie Restaurant in Stellenbosch on 25 November. Dr Elke Crouch won Best Final Report for 2015 and Dr Saskia von Diest won Best Popular Article in the SAFJ.

China Access, a Stepping Stone for the SA Apple Industry

After years of negotiation and dealing with technical issues, the South African Apple and Pear Producers’ Association (SAAPPA) is proud to announce that the Apple Export Protocol to enable apple exports to China, has been approved and signed.
Agri SA’s Mandate on Land and Rural Development

Agri SA’s Mandate on Land and Rural Development

Agri SA’s 2014 Congress reiterated Agri SA’s commitment to developing and implementing proposals whereby the agricultural community can play a leading role in sustainable land reform.