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Blossoming Ruby Star Plum Trees Surrounding Jason Baartman

The leader of the band

Text and picture by Gerrit Rautenbach Jason Baartman is a man who lives passionately for agriculture. At first, he sometimes wondered why he didn’t opt for something like law or engineering or the like. Maybe he felt inferior about being…

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Ceres Fruit Growers herdenk honderdjarige bestaan

Die visie van Ceres-produsente het ’n blywende erfenis aan die hedendaagse vrugtebedryf en Ceres-gemeenskap gelaat. Deur Anna Mouton.  In 1922–23 het Suid-Afrikaanse vrugte-uitvoere vir die eerste maal 1 miljoen houtkissies in ’n enkele seisoen oorskry. Vrugteprodusente het die noodsaaklikheid van…


How well is transformation doing in the Langkloof?

The Jobs Fund Initiatives is the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber’s Commercialisation Programme. It started in 2016 and is aimed at graduating a group of smallholder farmers to commercial status. Hortgro and the DFDC-SA recently went on a monitoring and evaluation…

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Hail is not a storm in a teacup

By Gerrit Rautenbach In January of this year, one of the biggest nightmares for any fruit farmer became a horrible reality in the Langkloof. Hail. Some farmers were fortunate, some less so and some got wrecked by the falling ice.…

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