Between the end of the Canadian cherry season and the start of the Chilean season, at the beginning of October, there is a period of about two to three weeks when the UK market has no other cherry supplier than South Africa. The enterprising agricultural company ZZ2, in South Africa mostly known for its tomatoes and avocados, fills this gap through mostly low-chill varieties from Zaiger Genetics, air-freighted primarily to the UK.
ZZ2 became the first back to back winner of both the Platinum Supply Chain Award and the Enviro Achiever Award at the Annual Logistics Achiever Awards. During a gala event in on Thursday 11 October 2018 in Johannesburg, companies who actively work towards minimising waste in their supply chain, were honoured. Last year ZZ2 won these awards for their work in the Tomato Division. On Thursday the Avocado Division was honoured. To be recognised, companies had to demonstrate compliance with national and international environmental regulations, show how green practices are implemented across their supply chain and indicate their success in reducing their carbon footprint.
Farming conglomerate, ZZ2, sponsored the conference bags during the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Connections conference in August 2018. The bright yellow bags, decorated with photos of ZZ2 produce and manufactured from recycled billboards, are part of PMA’s “Donate a Bag School Project”. Conference-goers were requested to donate these durable bags to the project after the two-day event.
Mnr. Tommie van Zyl , uitvoerdende hoof van ZZ2 , is optimisties oor Suid-Afrika se toekoms, ondanks die probleme en pessimisme in sekere kringe.
Natuurboerdery® is a journey not a destination. Mr Tommie van Zyl, CEO of ZZ2, was one of numerous speakers at the first Transdisciplinary Natuurboerdery® Symposium hosted recently by ZZ2 at Fairview Hotel in Tzaneen.
Stimulating economic growth in South Africa has been a major challenge for both Government and the private sector over the past decade. The fresh produce export industry has shown how innovation-based research is a critical part of the solution to enhancing competiveness, market access and growth.
Michael Cordes, marketing specialist from South Africa, talks about important lessons he learnt from the late Bertie van Zyl of ZZ2 farming, probably the biggest field-grown tomato operation in the southern hemisphere.
Natuurboerdery®, ZZ2’s environmentally-friendly approach to farming, contributed to the release of rehabilitated owls in their eco-friendly tomato fields and avocado orchards. Not only are the owls a natural way to control rodents, but the farmlands are a food rich environment for these top predators. The landscape is populated with small game which is a direct result of Natuurboerdery®, where the harmful impact of commercial farming on the ecosystem has been mitigated over two decades.
Getting tomatoes to the market can be a bumpy ride. Studies done at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's (UKZN) Post Harvest Innovation Centre and financed by the Departement of Science and Technology, have showed that transport on South African rural roads is the main contributor to damage. Read more
In 2012, in response to widespread labour unrest in the Western Cape, some Ceres apple producers sent a delegation to visit their counterparts in the South Tyrol region of northern Italy. The visit produced a lot of new ideas and on the way back from Italy, Retief du Toit remembers, a decision was made to establish ultra-high density apple orchards on ZZ2’s Bokveldskloof farm in the Koue Bokkeveld, and – crucially – to do it on the M9 rootstock which hadn’t become widely accepted in the South African industry.