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Hortgro donates to efforts following KZN floods

To help alleviate some of the human suffering caused by the recent KwaZulu-Natal floods, Hortgro has donated R15 000 to FoodForward SA and a further R15 000 to Gift of the Givers. According to government estimates, more than 40,000 people have been…

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Hortgro entomological team visits Langkloof

Members of Hortgro Science’s entomological team visited the Langkloof area in April to follow up on damage to pears possibly caused by sucking insects. Matthew Addison, Crop Protection Programme Manager, and Dr Minette Karsten, a researcher in applied entomology, met…

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Hortgro’s Dr Xolani Siboza graduates his first MSc student

By Kara van der Berg Hortgro’s Dr Xolani Siboza’s first MScAgric student, Dian Craven, graduated from Stellenbosch University on 4 April. Dr Siboza is a Hortgro-seconded researcher in the Department of Horticultural Science at Stellenbosch University where Craven conducted his study.…

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News from our production regions

Langkloof Representative: Neil-Pierre Strydom The Langkloof had an above-average harvest this year. For the first time in years, all farmers had enough water in their dams to see the season through. On the Western side of the Kloof, rain decreased…

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Apricots: an untapped fruit on the market

By Kara van der Berg Apricots have been eaten since ancient times. The Romans called it Praecocum – the precious one. The tiny stone fruits are packed with protein, fibre, and minerals and have been found to be effective in…

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Produksiesbestuurders voltooi vaardigheidskursus

Deur Kara van der Berg Produksiebestuurders is leiers op plase en werk met vrugte en mense. Daarom is dit belangrik om nuwe bestuurders toe te rus met die nodige leierskapsvaardighede. Dit is die mening van Pieter Rabe, Suiderland Plase se…

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Hortgro invests in future industry leaders

By Kara van der Berg Agriculture is the place to be. The sector has great opportunities, funding, and is the place where future leaders are grown. This was the inspirational message to agriculture students at the Hortgro bursary function that…

Elton Jeftha Indicating Where The Thieves Can Through

Fruit theft is out of control

Stealing fruit might sound like mischief. It has, however, become a massive threat to an industry worth billions. By Gerrit Rautenbach I remember those late nights slipping out of the school res, making a beeline for oom Hendrik’s orchards. The…

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A day in the life of a researcher

By Kara van der Berg The average person might complain about their “nine-to-five” jobs, but that pales in comparison to the challenges of travel and related work hours of the fruit evaluators and students at Provar, which becomes part of…

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