Understanding and managing the risks of farming is essential to ensuring longevity of our farming operations and enabling us to keep standards and quality in line with international standards.
- We have ensured that the land we use for the projects have sufficient access to water
- All trees are irrigated through the drip fertigation method
- More recently flooding has caused delays in planting. We have taken preventative measures in all areas of the land that could be effected by excessive rains
- We buy Force Major insurance for each of the projects to insure against any of these unforeseen risks
- The project will always be exposed to this risk being in a farming area in South Africa
- Farmers in the Swartland have been in discussions with Government regarding the possibility of “land redistribution” - The government officials have stated that the Swartland area is not earmarked for anything like that.
- We lease the land and so this is less of a threat for us.
o This could be a plus for the business in the future as we would have the experience in leased farmland and could be a model for the distribution of land in the future
- The intention is to export all the fruit that gets produced
- Pomegranates are currently priced in dollars and so any devaluation of the Rand would be beneficial for the business
- A significant appreciation would be a greater problem as it would lower the Rand price that we receive
Fruit Cracking: causes
- Fruit cracking is a serious problem and is more intense in arid regions
- Cracked fruits show reduction in fruit and aril weight and volume of juice
- In young fruits, it is due to deficiency of Calcium, Boron and Potassium
- In fully developed fruits it is due to moisture imbalance i.e.,high fluctuations in soil moisture and high diurnal variation in vapour pressure deficit and temperature
- Prolonged drought causes hardening of the peel. If this is followed by heavy irrigation or rains, the pulp grows and the peel cracks
Fruit Cracking: Prevention
- Maintenance of optimum soil moisture without much fluctuation in soil moisture depletion levels
- Ensure adequate and regular irrigation during fruit development period
- Application of borax @ 25g/tree
- To avoid cracking of young fruits Spray Borax @ 1.0g/Litre + Cytozyme @ 1.0ml/Litre or Solubor @ 2.0g/Litre
- Spray 1.0 kg CaCl2 in 100 Litres of water or Hydro Calcium Nitrate @ 5 to 7.5g/Litre at fruit development stage
- Black stain.
- White fly
- Thrips (blaaspootjie|),
- Fruit fly