VIDEOS: Principles of fruit production

Emerging fruit growers gained access to valuable knowledge on the principles of fruit production in the at the HORTGRO Science Technical Symposium 2016 which took place in June at Allee Bleue wine estate in Simondium.

The first day of the symposium was aimed at growers who were new to the deciduous fruit industry. This event […]

Invasive wasps ‘stinging’ farmworker morale

Two invasive wasp species are putting a stinger in farmworker morale in the Western Cape.

“It’s not good for worker morale when you get stung by [these] things when doing your job,” says the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (Sanbi) invasive wasp specialist, Dr Ruan Veldtman.

The paper wasp (Polistes dominula) and the German wasp (Vespula […]

FEMA fact file and protocols

In order to deliver Forelle via the FEMA protocol the fruit must meet certain, very specific, criteria to be suitable for the program. As a result every orchard intended for the FEMA program needs a Hortec FEMA release certificate before it can be picked for the program.

To achieve the necessary criteria the fruit has […]

Fuji Internal Browning – Post-harvest Peer Work Group

Internal browning in Fuji is a serious problem this year.

Experico was tasked by HORTGRO Science with putting a project together for the joint Post-harvest Peer Work Group (PWG) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on 23 July.  The former looks at the scientific robustness of the project layout, whilst the latter is concerned with the […]

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