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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.