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Protea Farm – Bloom where you are planted

Protea Farm – Bloom where you are planted

Over the last 30 years, Protea Farm in the famous KOO valley has been synonymous with tractor excursions up the Langeberg Mountain, beautiful farm accommodation and delicious potjiekos. 

However, due to the icy cold winter climate, this tourism gem is also a working packhouse and fruit farm of 25 ha – consisting of pome and stone fruit, grown for the export market.

Owner, Pierre Burger is an inspiration to us at Delecta, and we are proud to have him as one of our producers. 

We recently caught up with Burger to find out more about their farming production in the Klein Karoo and his secret to success in the face of trying weather conditions.



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Saving water and speeding up growth

Saving water and speeding up growth

Delecta Fruit’s commitment to delivering premium fruit goes deeper than fruit texture, colour and sugar levels. Delecta is dedicated to the overall wellbeing of our agricultural landscape, considering economic, social and environmental factors. For this reason, and in light of the ongoing water shortage in South Africa, we encourage our producers to implement suitable strategies to save water and energy where possible.

One such strategy is the Tree Hog micro-irrigation drip system which was recently installed by one of our pome and stone fruit producers in the Ceres valley, Elandsrivier Farming.

The brainchild of local Robertson farmer, Louise Loubser, Tree Hog allows micro-sprinkler users to significantly cut water and energy use in orchards.



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Kalos Farming: Pursuing the good and praiseworthy

Kalos Farming: Pursuing the good and praiseworthy

‘Kalos’: that which is intrinsically “good”; “fair”, “beautiful”, “praiseworthy” and “noble”.

With a name like ‘Kalos’ it is not surprising that Kalos Farming is a successful fifth generation farming operation with an exceptionally rich family heritage. Daniel Goosen and his wife Lilian are currently farming on a part of the original Waboomsrivier farm, on which the picturesque town Prince Alfred’s Hamlet outside of Ceres, was founded upon.

After the sudden death of his father Gerhard in 1991, Daniel took over the reins and has been farming ever since. Over the last 28 years Daniel has developed more production units and also added a pack store with cooling facilities to their offering.

Kalos Farming is one of Delecta Fruit’s many producers in the Ceres area, and they have been marketing and exporting their fruit with us since 2000.

We met up with Daniel last week to find out a bit more:



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Media coverage: Fresh Produce Journal

Media coverage: Fresh Produce Journal

Graaff Fruit and Delecta Fruit were featured in the UK based industry publication, Fresh Produce Journal in November last year. Click on below images to read the article.



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