Emerging farmers visit port

Sep 23, 2004
Author: P&S

A group of emerging citrus farmers from Limpopo Province visited the port of Durban last week where they spent some time acquainting themselves with the logistical operations involving the processing and loading of export fruit.

The visit included outside depots and cold stores and the opportunity to watch cargo operations on a reefer ship, Snow Drift, which was being loaded at the Durban Fresh Produce Terminal (FPT) on the T-Jetty.

The farming venture forms part of a land reform programme involving three development farms in the Letsitele region of Limpopo. Most of the farms are given to citrus but bananas and mangoes are also grown as cash crops. The citrus consists of orange types Valencia, Deltas, Turkey Valencia and Midknights.

The farming development is being assisted in partnership with financiers and grower mentors to assist with the transfer of the necessary skills that enables former farm workers to take on greater responsibility. The fruit produced on these empowered farms is marketed and exported to customers in Europe, Russia Middle East, Far East and Japan by Capespan under the high-grade Thandi brand as well as Goldland and Outspan.

The picture was taken during the visit to FPT, with the reefer ship Snow Drift in the background. From left to right (L to R) are: Front Row: SS Maluleke, NS Qomondi, BS Mdlungane; Back Row Denny Reddy, general manager at FPT Durban, PP Mkhari, Ms MN Mahasha, D Makhubela, J Mohale, and Ms LC Letsalolo.

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