PHASE ONE

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Phase One aimed at encouraging an industry shift towards higher density plantings of dwarfing and more yield efficient rootstocks that would allow the following:
  • Greater mechanisation
  • Greater operational efficiency
  • Improved fruit production efficiency
  • Reduced wastage (higher pack-out percentage)
  • Showcase potential strategies and technologies that can decrease risks to fruit production
Four orchards were identified in three different production regions, with each having its own key focus and overall objective.
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1. PAARDEKLOOF

  • Productivity of high-density MM.109/M.9 EMLA interstems Rosy Glow orchards
  • Effect of shade net on fruit quality and production
  • Effect of shade net on profitability

2. BOKVELDSKLOOF

  • Productivity of high and ultra-high-density M.7 and M.9 orchards apple orchards as pertaining to precocity, fruit quality, production costs, labour productivity and profitability

4. OAK VALLEY

  • Profitability of farming Granny Smith apples under shade nets
  • Management of Granny Smith trees under nets
  • Semi- dwarfing rootstock (G.222) under nets