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.
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."
At the 2017 SA Avocado Growers’ Association research symposium, University of Pretoria researcher, Mart-Mari Nieuwenhuizen, presented new findings on the best pollinisers for Hass avocados. She also explored the effectiveness of bees as pollinators.
On Saturday, 24 June, the annual in-house Youth Show was hosted by Agri-Merensky at Merensky High School. 23 Learners were eager to prove their knowledge and showmanship concerning animal husbandry. After completing a written test, they were tested on cleaning and grooming the cattle. They were judged on their showmanship in the ring by Pieter Gerber and Willie Stevens. In the junior category Phillip du Preez took first place. Runner-up was Luandie Visagie, with Charize Taylor in third place. The seniors had a tough battle, but Iszabella le Roux came out on top, followed by Timothy Venter 2nd and Nicky Smith 3rd.
“Demand for avocados has grown exponentially as people realise its health benefits – if we doubled or quadrupled, or even go ten times bigger, we’d still find a market for our avocados,” says Clive Garrett, marketing manager of ZZ2, whose Hass harvest is over, while the Ryan harvest will continue until the end of the month. He notes that the Ryan harvest is looking good.
Favo Gazpacho Serves: 4 - 6 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 0 minutes Ingredients: 1 packet ZZ2 Favo Vine Tomatoes, halved 1 small yellow pepper, seed removed and roughly chopped ½ cucumber, skin and seeds removed ½ onion or 4 spring onions (the white parts) 2 garlic cloves 3 Tbs (45 ml) white wine [...]
Cape Talk’s, Bruce Whitfield, interviewed, ZZ2 Director, Philé Van Zyl, during Nampo 2017.
In 2016 apple grower, Hendrik Pohl from ZZ2, joined the Orchard of the Future project with his Bokveldskloof orchard block. The goals for Pohl’s orchard are ambitious and seek to demonstrate the interplay between rootstock and planting density in terms of cost and meeting production goals. HORTGRO Science spoke to Hendrik about his background and his views on fruit production.
Woensdag, 19 April, het vir groot opwinding in die Merensky landbougeledere gesorg toe ZZ2 10 nuwe Pin2Zyl-verse op Plasieland afgelewer het. Hierdie nuwelinge bring die kudde nou op 25 te staan – ‘n werkbare getal wat die Agri-Merensky leerders geleentheid bied om deeglik voor te berei vir die naderende jeugskoue.
Beer Battered Onion Rings with Blue Cheese Dip Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes + 30 minutes waiting time Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients Beer Batter: 2 c (500 ml) cake flour ½ c (125 ml) corn flour 1 tsp (5 ml) salt 1 T (15 ml) baking powder 500 ml ice cold beer or [...]