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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…

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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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