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Boost for black farmers

By | October 15th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Emerging black farmers in South Africa are set to benefit from a multibillion-Rand fund set up by businessman Patrice Motsepe. Motsepe said this during the African Farmers Association of SA (Afasa) agribusiness transformation conference in Bloemfontein over the weekend, where he also added that the fund will focus on assisting those in agriculture, agribusiness and [...]

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Agri SA new board

By | October 15th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Agri SA congratulates its board who have been elected at the 2019 Congress. The board is representative of the entire agricultural value chain, including Agri SA’s provincial affiliates, commodity organizations and corporate members. “It has been a tough year, but the agricultural sector is resilient,” said Dan Kriek, re-elected Agri SA President. “The Board is [...]

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New state of the art cooling facility

By | October 15th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The month of June saw the commissioning and opening for business of the latest cold storage facility from SAFT (Southern African Fruit Terminals) a subsidiary of the Belgium owned SEA-invest Group. The 5 500 pallet capacity facility occupies 17 105m2 under roof on one section of a 70 120m2 site in Abland’s rapidly developing Atlantic [...]

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SA firm on road to commercialise beneficial nematodes

By | October 9th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Throughout South Africa fruit and vegetable crops are experiencing the effects of drought and a concomitant vulnerability to stress factors. In the absence of more water or fertilisers, farmers are increasingly looking at harnessing the positive power of beneficial nematodes, which have for a long time only had a bad reputation. Tylenchulus semipenetrans, a parasitic [...]

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Funding will secure research on PSHB and deadly fungus

By | September 24th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Hortgro is in the final stages of securing funding for a new research project that will look at the ability of the fungus carried by the polyphagous shot hole borer beetle to infect deciduous fruit trees as well as common windbreak tree species. The polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) with its deadly fungus (Fusarium euwallaceae) [...]

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Transnet focuses on transporting export citrus

By | September 24th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is once again responding to one of the fastest growing industries in South Africa which is the export of citrus fruit. A new service was introduced from Musina in partnership with Musina Intermodal Terminal. The first Musina train that departed on 5 August loaded 250 wagons indicated how the private sector [...]

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SA citrus continues to build volumes to China

By | September 17th, 2019|SA Industry News|

With the South African citrus season heading into its final quarter, Paul Hardman from the Citrus Growers Association explained that it has been a tough year for citrus exports. “We have had logistics problems with the port strikes and a lower crop than we had expected with oranges. The total citrus estimate of 137m cartons [...]

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Drastic change in markets for South African topfruit

By | September 17th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The South African top fruit season is drawing to a close with less than 10% of the pear stock and 15-20% of apples left. It was a mixed season according to Jacques du Preez from Hortgro. “Europe was tough this season, there was a lot of stock from last year and buy local campaigns in [...]

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Interesting end to the orange season

By | September 17th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Every citrus season has its own ups and downs. The current South African season has a tale of its own too. This is according to the Dutch company, Exsa Europe's, Eddy Kreukniet. "We have been seeing crop expectation being adjusted downward the whole season. Sometimes up to 20-25%. This downward trend happened a lot with, [...]

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SA Star Ruby grapefruit back on South Korean shelves

By | August 14th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Six years ago after a citrus congress in South Korea, South African growers noticed that there was an appetite for the Star Ruby grapefruit. Then last year, after various visits to the country during the past years officials from the Fresh Produce Export’s Forum and the Grapefruit Variety Focus Group had a meeting with the [...]

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