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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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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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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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Die Langkloof, Cheetah en gholf. ’n Classic.

Oom Jaco Engelbrecht is vroeër vanjaar oorlede. Hy was Hortgro se streekverteenwoordiger in die Langkloof, ’n boerderygebied verantwoordelik vir so 20% van die land se appels. Dus is ’n streekverteenwoordiger in dié gebied uiters belangrik vir Hortgro. Dis nou hier…

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Science in die Kloof

Deur Elise-Marie Steenkamp In Mei vanjaar het die hele span van Hortgro Science (Hugh Campbell, Wiehann Steyn, Matthew Addison en Marno van der Westhuizen) afgesak Langkloof toe. Tradisioneel besoek die span die Langkloof gewoonlik in Desember elke jaar wanneer die…

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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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Load shedding blues

Load shedding in January came at an extremely inconvenient time for deciduous fruit producers, with harvesting, packing and cold store operations currently reaching a seasonal peak. Hortgro's executive director, Anton Rabe, says: "Farms and packhouses had to make adjustments such…

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Langkloof fruit farmers weathering the storms

By Elise-Marie Steenkamp On 13 January 2021, the Langkloof in the Eastern Cape experienced a severe hail storm that damaged in the order of 1000 hectares of apple, pear and stone fruit orchards.  These orchards account for 20% of the…

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The man who rowed into his farm

Competitive canoeing shaped Paul Lombard’s life. Literally and figuratively. But it all happened because of a drought. Gerrit Rautenbach explains. You can clearly see that Paul Lombard, proud manager director of Eve Brand, an apple and pear farm near Misgund…

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Cliffhanger finish for pome fruit season

The technical production story of the recent pome fruit season concluded with a fairly happy ending given plot twists such as extreme weather events, “reliable” cultivars underperforming, and a global pandemic that almost single-handedly disrupted the fruit value chain. Despite…

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Langkloof geruk deur fratsongeluk

Die nuwe jaar het sleg begin in die Joubertina-distrik van die Langkloof met die afsterwe van Bokkie Kritzinger (49) van Tulpieskraal. Kritzinger, een van die leierboere in die streek, was vroeg in Januarie op pad na 'n watergat op sy…

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Hortgro celebrates Madiba Day with book donations

This year Mandela Day focused on, amongst other goals, education, and literacy. In line with this initiative, Hortgro’s Book Donation Project reached a milestone by donating 2 tons of books to schools in the Langkloof area. The book donation which…

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