Season 1 | Episode 13 | High value export commodities
Fruit production in South Africa consists of a wide variety of fruits - from oranges and avocadoes, to table grapes and dragon fruit. It contributes significantly to the South African economy, since more than half of our agricultural exports is fruit. These fruits get produced from well managed orchards, where the infrastructure development and technology adoption are equally important as fertilising, irrigating, pruning, and spraying. Commercial orchard management is the foundation for optimised harvests of the best quality fruit, which is again necessary to access the most lucrative markets. In this episode of Tech Terrain, we will discover where to start, and how do you progress to be successful, and even be the best. Tony Ndoro talks to Princess Mogale from the Citrus Growers’ Association’s Grower Development Company, as well as Pieter Engelbrecht of the Piet Engelbrecht Trust – also known as Piet Citrus. Nelius Oosthuizen, Territory Sales Manager: John Deere Sub-Saharan Africa (JD SSA)and Jean Elloh, Sales Manager, West Africa: JD SSA are back in studio, and we discuss the implementation of technology and mechanisation for high value export commodities. Tech Terrain is powered by John Deere, in collaboration with Farmer’s Weekly and Brand Republic.