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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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Pollination and the deciduous fruit industry

By Elise-Marie Steenkamp The deciduous fruit industry is almost totally dependent on a healthy honeybee population and a viable beekeeping industry. It is therefore important that beekeepers and the industry regularly engage and share future challenges and growth projections. Mariette…

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Economic reform: Emerging farmers reach commercial status

By Elise-Marie Steenkamp Transformation and economic reform in agriculture are some of the biggest challenges that South Africa faces today and that is why the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber’s commercialization programme, the Jobs Fund Project (JFP), is such a beacon…

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Droogtehulp: Hervestiging van boorde bring hoop

Deur Elise-Marie Steenkamp Snags, terwyl ander slaap, lê die vrugteboere van die Klein-Karoo wakker. Hulle tob oor die pad vorentoe. By watter boorde moet hulle die krane toedraai? Watter blokke moet gered word? Watter moet afgekap word? Indien hul heraanplant,…

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Measuring and Managing Transformation

Deciduous Fruit Industry signs pledge to lead the way At the end of October, representatives from Hortgro Pome, Stone and the DFDC came together with the aim to align the industry strategy and to develop “an implementable, measurable, and future-focused…

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A DECADE OF TRANSFORMATION

Ten noticeable years of transformation The Pome and Stone Fruit Industry have put their money where their mouths are since 2010 regarding transformation and sustainable development. Over the last 10 years, transformation initiatives were refocused on training, worker welfare, and…

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Mariette Kotze joins PPECB Board

By Carmé Naudé Mariette Kotze, Hortgro’s Group Operational Manager, was recently appointed to the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB), as representative of the pome and stone fruit industries.  Kotze who has been working in the deciduous fruit industry for…

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Interpera 2019: Millennials are pear lovers!

The Interpera International Pear Congress took place in Tours, France from the 25th to 27th of June 2019.  This congress was organized by AREFLH (Assembly of European Horticultural Regions) and the French Apple and Pear Association.  The Congress included a…

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LEAD BY EXAMPLE – The story behind Hortfin

Text: Glenneis  Kriel The South African deciduous fruit industry, the Jobs Fund, and Land Bank recently launched Hortfin – an R600 million ring-fenced debt fund aimed at providing innovative and comprehensive financing and support systems in a manner that will…

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Hortfin in the media

Mariette Kotze, Hortfin's interim manager, spoke to Smile904FM on The Honest Truth about the Hortfin project. Listen to Mariette here:   Watch a short video about Hortfin here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjIi_oCi6xM Pictured above the Hortfin Board: Willem Bestbier, Rico Basson, Beverly Farmer, Sunil Kooverjee,…

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UNIQUE PARTNERSHIPS BRING AUTHENTIC AGRI GROWTH

One of the key economic drivers and objectives of the South African fruit and wine industries is to transform the agri-landscape in a sustainable manner by focussing on primary agriculture as well as the entire value chain – upstream and…

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