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South Africa: Early rains & cool weather delay ZZ2 cherry harvest

Excellent early summer rain and cool weather over the South African Highveld have delayed the start of ZZ2’s cherry harvest by a few days; the first cherries for airfreight to the UK will be picked tomorrow. “Despite the warm winter I expect we’ll have more fruit than last year,” says Pieter de Wet, Bushveld cherry pioneer. “We’ve had unbelievable fruit set.” 

October 13th, 2017|


Landboukundige ZZ2 se Landboukundiges ondersteun produksie-eenhede deur die lewering van professionele landboukundige dienste. Hierdie diens sluit in analisering, interpretering en voorligting van landboukundige inligting met die doel om produksie te optimaliseer en risiko’s te bestuur. Daar bestaan vakatures vir landboukundiges wat in noue samewerking met die produksie eenhede sal werk in Mooketsi, Limpopo provinsie.   [...]

October 13th, 2017|

ZZ2 gears up for second cherry export deal

South African produce company ZZ2 is preparing for its second ever cherry export campaign of fruit from a recently purchased farm, with volumes expected to rise this year. The entity bought a farm in the North West province’s Rustenburg region in 2015 and enjoyed a successful inaugural season of around 40 metric tons (MT) last year.

October 2nd, 2017|

World first in carrot juice extraction by Rugani Carrots in South Africa

When Vito Rugani, managing director of Greenway Farms along with partner Vincent Sequeira, could take a step back from the day-to-day running of their large-scale carrot production, as a generation of younger management had come in, he devoted a year to researching an idea he had for their second grade carrots. “In 2011 I started looking at academic papers.

September 29th, 2017|

Van punt zero tot tamatie hero

Vervoer in die groente- en vrugtebedryf is dikwels die stille held wat die produk vars van die plaas tot steeds vars aan die etenstafel besorg. ZZ2 se aantreklike groente en vrugte is welbekend. SA Groente & Vrugte het met Japie Burger, vervoerbestuurder van ZZ2, gesels oor hoe hulle vervoersake verloop. Eers ‘n stukkie agtergrond oor Japie Burger. Hy is ‘n geoktrooieerde lid van die Instituut van Logistiek en Vervoer en ‘n professionele lid van die Instituut van Padvoertuigingenieurs. Japie en sy span is daagliks verantwoordelik vir die bestuur van ZZ2 se vloot vragmotors met die doel om elke vrag op die regte plek en tyd, in die beste toestand so kostedoeltreffend as moontlik af te lewer.

September 21st, 2017|

Nature pulls fruit farm through drought

Despite extremely dry conditions, Ceres Valley farmer, Retief du Toit, recently succeeded in producing his two best harvests ever. The past two seasons will go down as the most challenging that many pome fruit producers have ever experienced in the Ceres Valley. They had to cope with depleted dams, less than half their annual rainfall, and devastating heatwaves. Despite this, Retief du Toit, who farms on Bokveldskoof in the Koue Bokkeveld and Lorraine in the Warm Bokkeveld, managed to produce his biggest harvests ever. The long-term production average for each of his farms is around 6 800t/ year, but he produced 7 693t of apples in 2016, and 7 730t during the past season. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how he achieved this.

September 8th, 2017|

ZZ2 and Pinzgauer Society pay tribute to Paul Bester

Paul Bester (67), Head of Operations of ZZ2’s Pinzgauer and PinZ²yl stud and Chairman of the Pinzgauer Society, made a huge impact in the South African livestock industry. Paul passed away on Friday 18 August after a short illness. Paul's leadership the in Pinzgauer and PinZ²yl Societies, the International Pinzgauer Breeders’ Association, Studbook, shows societies and bull test performance scheme created great value for the livestock industry. Since becoming the head of ZZ2's livestock farm in 2003, Paul developed the Pinzgauer breed with great dignity.

August 31st, 2017|

ZZ2 joins veggie juice revolution

In a first for South Africa, ZZ2 and Rugani Juice, have launched the country’s first and only freshly-produced tomato juice made from tomatoes that are grown in line with ZZ2’s strict Nature Farming® health philosophy.

August 28th, 2017|

South African avocado exporter blown away with EU demand for green-skinned avocados

The Hass variety may have been at the forefront of the recent global avocado craze, but one South African exporter has noted there was far higher demand for green-skinned cultivars in the European market this season than previous years.

August 11th, 2017|

Why avo prices have soared 150%

It is boom time for SA’s avocado producers as they ride high on a more than 150% rise in the world avocado price over the past year to a record high. In the short term, a 20% slump in production in Mexico, which produces 45% of the world’s avocado supply, has driven up the price. In the longer term, rising demand has been driven by the avocado’s well-deserved image of being both healthy and highly versatile. It is also something of a fad, popular with hipsters for avocado toast and even "avolattes" (latte served in avo skin). "Avocados are a great industry to be in," says Clive Garrett, marketing manager for ZZ2, one of SA’s biggest producers. "Avocados have everything going for them to ensure a great future."

August 2nd, 2017|