Hortgro Stone (SASPA)

In August 1990, the Plum Producers’ Association and the Nectarine and Peach Producers’ Association dissolved and founded the South African Stone Fruit Producers’ Association (SASPA). Following the changes initiated by the new Agricultural Marketing Act of 1996, SASPA converted to a Section 21 (non-profit) company in 1997. In 2018 SASPA changed its name to Hortgro Stone – to keep in line with the continuous growth of our industry.


A Board of directors representing the stone fruit producing regions in the SA administers the Association. Hortgro Stone falls under the structure of HORTGRO, an umbrella industry service organisation.

  • To promote the common interests and specific needs of stone fruit producers in the RSA and to act as their official mouthpiece and representative.
  • To rationalise and promote the production and marketing of stone fruit and stone fruit products.
  • To encourage and pursue constructive dialogue and mutual co-operation with government and other parties.
  • To foster mutual trust and long-term relationships amongst role players and stakeholders.
  • To establish and promote a reciprocal information system, so as to arm the industry with all available information to enable stakeholders to make informed market decisions.

The association is committed to the following activities:

  • To engage in orderly, responsible, and viable production practices that are sustainable over the long term.
  • To stimulate and encourage new product development and product variety.
  • To strengthen adherence to the disciplines and standards that ensure quality, food safety and environmental protection.

Other initiatives which Hortgro Stone facilitates include:

  • Research
  • Communication, Liaison and Representation
  • Trade and Market Access
  • Market Development
  • Training & Social Responsibility
  • Land Reform, Economic Development
  • Plant Improvement and Certification

Hortgro Stone believes that by supporting and building on the industry’s strengths and using it to best advantage, by encouraging solidarity and unity between stakeholders, by shaping and strengthening our practices and disciplines, the industry will be better positioned to compete in the international trading arena.


A stone fruit, also called a drupe, is a fruit with a large stone inside. The stone is sometimes mistakenly called the seed; the seed is, in fact, inside the stone. “South African stone fruit growers produce plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, and cherries – a total of around 350 000 tonnes per year” (Hortgro Science).

Stone fruit occupies an honorary position in South Africa’s fresh fruit export history. The first fruit to be exported from this country were 14 cases of peaches that left Table Bay harbour on 13 January 1892, destined for England on board the Drummond Castle. When the consignment arrived 19 days later, less than 5% of the fruit had suffered damage; the balance was sold at London’s Covent Garden market at a price that exceeded all expectations.

  • Noyaux is the French word for the kernels found in the pits of cherries, apricots, plums and peaches. They can be used to make almond extract and liquors, and to add flavour to jams and creams.
  • The turnover of the South African stone fruit industry amounts to R2.46 billion, of which 82% are generated by fresh fruit sales.
  • The per capita consumption of fresh stone fruit in South Africa is calculated at 0,95kg.
  • According to the 2019 tree census, 16 650ha of stone fruit are established in South Africa, with 92% of these plantings situated in the Western Cape and 2% respectively in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.
  • Two small peaches have slightly more potassium (key for proper nerve and muscle function) than a medium banana.


The dried tree fruit industry underwent a further metamorphosis during 2019, when Dried Tree Fruit (large peaches, pears, prunes, and apricots, but also apples and nectarines) were formally incorporated into the Hortgro service structure in Paarl. Although dried stone fruit is homed within Hortgro Stone, Hortgro Dried Tree Fruit will service this niche section of our industry. Read more here:

The marketing of dried tree fruit will be represented by SA Dried Fruit. Read more here:

Hortgro Stone (SASPA)

In Augustus 1990, het die Pruimprodusente Assosiasie en die Nektariene- en Perskeprodusente Assosiasie, ontbind en is die Suid-Afrikaanse Steenvrugprodusente Assosiasie (SASPA) gestig. Nadat die gewysigde nuwe Nasionale Landboubemarkingswet van 1996 in werking getree het, is SASPA in 1997 in ‘n Artikel 21 maatskappy omskep. In 2018 is SASPA se naam verander na Hortgro Stone.


Die droëvrugtebedryf het gedurende 2019 ‘n verdere metamorfose ondergaan deurdat gedroogde  boomvrugte (grootlikse perskes, pere, pruimedante  en appelkose, maar ook appels en nekatriene), formeel by die Hortgro dienstruktuur in die Paarl ingelyf is.

Gedroogde steenvrugte vorm dus deel van Hortgro Stone, hoewel daar spesifiek na die behoeftes van die spesialisafdeling omgesien word deur Hortgro Dried Tree Fruit. Lees meer hier:

Die bemarking van gedroogde steenvrugte word behartig deur SA Dried Fruit. Vind meer inligting hier:


‘n Raad van Direkteure verteenwoordig en administreer die steenvrugverbouingstreke in SA. Hortgro Stone resorteer onder die struktuur van HORTGRO, die oorkoepelende bedryfsliggaam.

  • Om die gemeenskaplike belange en spesifieke behoeftes van steenvrugprodusente in SA te bevorder en as hul amptelike spreekbuis en verteenwoordiger op te tree.
  • Om die verbouing en bemarking van steenvrugte en steenvrugprodukte te rasionaliseer en te bevorder.
  • Om konstruktiewe dialoog en wedersydse samewerking met die staat en ander belanghebbendes te koester.
  • Om wedersydse vertroue en langtermyn verhoudinge tussen rolspelers en belanghebbendes aan te moedig.
  • Om ‘n inligtingstelsel te vestig en die bedryf met alle beskikbare inligting te bemagtig en belanghebbende partye in staat stel om ingeligte bemarkingsbesluite te neem.
FOKUS AREAS: Die Assosiasie is verbind tot die volgende aktiwiteite:
  • Om ordelike, verantwoordelike en lewensvatbare verbouingspraktyke wat oor die langtermyn volhoubaar is, te onderneem.
  • Om nuwe produkontwikkeling en produkvariëteite te ondersteun en te bevorder.
  • Om die dissiplines en standaarde wat gehalte, voedselveiligheid en omgewingsbeskerming verseker, ten nouste te handhaaf.

Ander inisiatiewe wat Hortgro Stone fasiliteer sluit in:

  • Navorsing & Ontwikkeling
  • Kommunikasie, Skakeling en Verteenwoordiging
  • Handel en Marktoegang
  • Markontwikkeling
  • Opleiding en Maatskaplike Verantwoordelikheid
  • Swart Ekonomiese Bemagtiging
  • Grondhervorming, Ekonomiese Ontwikkeling
  • Plantverbetering en -sertifisering
Earligrande Peach
Ripe Sweet Peach Fruits Growing On A Peach Tree Branch
Sapphire Plum
Soldonne Apricots

Chairperson: André Smit
Tel: +27 (0)21 870 2900
Fax: +27 (0)21 870 2915


258 Main Street
Western Cape

P O Box 163
South Africa

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