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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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Internal heat damage in Laetitia

Laetitia is the second-largest plum cultivar in South Africa according to 2020 figures for area planted and cartons exported. Unfortunately, it is also at high risk of heat damage because it matures late in the season. A recent Hortgro-funded project…

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YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE – THE HORTGRO STUDENT SERIES

This is the fourth interview in the series about the Hortgro Science post-grad students. By Thomas Davidson. Dian Craven is a 24-year old student at Stellenbosch University doing his M.Sc in horticulture. He recently finished with data collection and is…

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YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE – THE HORTGRO STUDENT SERIES

This is the third interview in the series about the Hortgro Science post-grad students. Buhle Ngidi told her story to Thomas Davidson. Buhle Ngidi was born in Doordrift and grew up in Jamestown. When she was little the family moved…

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Op-die-Berg dorp – heartbeat of local industry

The Koue Bokkeveld is one of the biggest and most important deciduous fruit-growing areas in South Africa. Going up the Gydo Pass you find Op-die-Berg, the heartbeat of this industry at the top of the Skurweberg. Gerrit Rautenbach gave them…

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YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE – THE HORTGRO STUDENT SERIES

June is Youth Month. Over the next couple of months, we will introduce you to several of the Hortgro Science post-grad students. We are kicking off the series with Ansuli Theron, who told her story to Thomas Davidson. My name…

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YOUNG AND OLD NEED TO WORK TOGETHER

By Elise-Marie Steenkamp More and more young people, many of whom have no farming experience, are drawn to the agriculture sector.  With youth month around the corner, we spoke to four youngsters that have found an accidental home in agriculture.…

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The Future Is Education

More than 60 years ago Dr Paul Clüver’s mother, Gertrude, established a farm school on De Rust, the family farm in the Elgin Valley. With only 23 learners. A small first step is key to a great journey, Gerrit Rautenbach…

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CAPABILITY TO MANAGE SA WATER IN DECLINE

By Elise-Marie Steenkamp To make water management institutions work, you must understand your resource. When and who uses it, but over the past two decades South Africa’s capability to manage its water resources has declined. This was the message from…

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Do you have a frog in your orchard?

A new approach that could transform agriculture in the region is gaining traction. Jorisna Bonthuys takes a look at regenerative agriculture and how it relates to the horticultural sector in the article: Rooting for a sustainable future - Unlocking regenerative farming.…

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