Hortgro Technical Symposium 2018 – The Big Thirst

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The Hortgro Technical Symposium is the flagship event on the deciduous fruit calendar. An event that is attended by progressive growers and thought leaders throughout the entire supply chain of the deciduous fruit industry – from production through to marketing.

The focus and objectives of the symposium are to:

  • expose growers and industry to new innovations and technology
  • create a platform for idea-exchange
  • showcase the latest research
  • create an opportunity for interaction across the value chain
  • foster the integration of new entrants into the industry
  • network

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Theme and programme:

The 2018 Technical Symposium programme will be built around the theme “The Big Thirst”. The continued drought and water crisis in many of our production areas has been the main “event” and focus point during the past year. Hortgro initiated a wide range of actions to support producers in order to minimize the impact of reduced irrigation water. The reality is that our approach to water use will never be the same.

This has now become the ‘new normal’ and the industry will continuously have to adapt as climate change force pro-active introduction of new technology and practices to manage risks, also those associated with a new pest and disease complex which provide further challenges in terms of market access – both relating to existing markets and new markets where we will continue to do things differently. This symposium will again address water-wise innovations and coping strategies, but also other pressing industry issues like FCM.

The symposium will kick-off on the 28th of May with the Post-Harvest Day where a focus will be given to internal and external fruit quality.

The very popular “Fruit Farming 101” Day is scheduled for 29 May. This day is aimed at new entrants to the deciduous fruit industry but historically also attended by growers who want to refresh their knowledge. This year the 101-Day will deal with all aspects of plant pathology.

Experts will cover a range of relevant topics at the Pre-Harvest Days (30 and 31 May 2018), including:

  • Replant and soil health
  • Water availability
  • FCM and nematodes
  • Factors contributing to variance in fruit maturity
  • Rootstock options
  • Technology (GIS, machine learning, spray equipment)

And finally, two field days will run simultaneously on 1 June 2018, with a focus on pome (organised by Anton Muller, Kromco) and stone (organised by Charl Stander, Franschhoek Marketing) fruit, respectively.

Stay ahead of the pack. Replenish your knowledge thirst… with the Hortgro Technical Symposium 2018.

For enquiries relating to the symposium, registration and sponsorships contact event organiser Thea van Zyl via email at thea@hortgro.co.za or telephonically, 021 870 2900.