The farm Celebratio is situated between Calitzdorp and Oudshoorn in the Little Karoo. It is owned by Gerhard Meyer, a third-generation farmer. When experts said that the land wat not suitable for the cultivation of any crops, Gerhard refused to take no for an answer. He planted the first pomegranates in 2008. In 2010 he planted 20ha of the Wonderful cultivar and between 2014 an 2015 another 17ha. In order to maintain control over the product and quality, a brand new packhouse and cold-room facility was constructed. The packhouse is Global Gap certified and created 70 additional jobs in the area. In our program of 22 November, Gerhard tells us the story of his beginnings and the growth over the last 5 years.
Piet Lombard, Research Technician at the Department of Agriculture in the Western Cape talks about Canola Diseases and the management of fungicide resistance.
Jorrie Mulder, Independent Consultant in the Fruit industry talks about the pruning of Pomegranate trees. He also shares information on the Quince fruit. This fruit has high levels of pectin, making it perfect for jellies and jams.
Dr Salmina Mokgehle, Researcher at the ARC Vegetables, Industrial and Medicinal Plants talks about the Climate Smart program and training provided. This program will benefit all small scale farmers.
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