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The ‘Net Gain’ amid water & climate challenges

By Prof Wiehann Steyn

This blog article, probably not surprisingly, is about water and climate. Research in the Crop Production programme is aimed at achieving the goals and address risks to the Orchard of the Future. At the 2016 HORTGRO Science symposium, attendees scored water availability and climate change as the greatest future risks that […]

A bug’s life… and climate change

Could climate change favour growers by impacting on pests? UK researchers found that increased temperatures led to fewer offspring for some bugs. However, it is not necessarily a rosy picture…










We investigated: A bug’s life … in a warmer climate

It is not only fruit growers that struggle with survival in a warmer world.  Our bug friends […]

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    Drought Dialogue 2016 seeks resilience in agriculture sector

Drought Dialogue 2016 seeks resilience in agriculture sector

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture presented a Drought Dialogue on the 23 and 24th of June 2016 at Elsenburg, Stellenbosch to invited stakeholders of the agricultural sector. The outcome of this dialogue was an action plan with key priorities allocated to lead departments and organisations and deadlines in order to prepare for prevailing and […]

Western Cape launches climate change action plan

The Western Cape Government on Tuesday launched a key climate change response strategy, known as Smart Agri.

Smart Agri was unveiled by Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.

The comprehensive climate change response plan sets out a roadmap to combat the impact of extreme […]

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    UPDATED: Confronting Climate Change (CCC) 2016 workshop schedule

UPDATED: Confronting Climate Change (CCC) 2016 workshop schedule

There are 3 different types of industry engagements that the Confronting Climate Change (CCC) project is offering; each with a specific target audience and intended outcome. The workshops are presented at a subsidised fee and spaces are limited, therefore booking is essential.

READ: Carbon Tax: Implications for SA’s fruit farmers
CCC 2016 Workshop Schedule (Updated)

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Medflies don’t mind dry conditions, study shows

Stellenbosch – A drying trend in the Western Cape could spell problems for stone and pome fruit producers in the region, as recent findings suggest that the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitus capitata) can tolerate dry conditions.

The Medfly is one of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests with a high reproductive potential and whose female […]

Besproeiingsriglyne vir watertekorte

Droogtes noodsaak dat elke druppel water so spaarsaam en doeltreffend as moontlik gebruik word. Die grootste waterbesparings kan vroeg en laat in die seisoen gemaak word.

Die beginsel is om water tydens die seldelingsfase, naamlik bot tot 40 dae na blom by kernvrugte of bot tot end pitverharding by steenvrugte, te spaar omdat die boom […]

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     Confronting Climate Change: Industry Level Trends Report          

 Confronting Climate Change: Industry Level Trends Report          

Climate Change – Carbon footpring results for the CCC South African wine and fruit group. Click here to read full report: CCC_Industry Level Trends Report_2014 Final



Lack of winter chilling in the majority of South Africa’s deciduous fruit growing areas, is the primary cause of the phenomenon called delayed foliation. The severity of the symptoms is related to fruit kind, cultivar, growing area, orchard slope and the number of chilling units accumulated during the winter months.

Read full brochure here: 25._delayed_foliation

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