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Successful KZN Macadamia Farmers Tour to Mpumalanga

A group of 17 macadamia farmers from the North and South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, recently enjoyed a very successful 5 day tour to Mpumalanga. Organised in conjunction with the annual SAMAC Symposium, the farmers visited a number of key growers and nurseries in the Nelspruit, Lows Creek and Barberton areas and were exposed to a variety of innovative and thought provoking techniques both with regards to farming practices and the postharvest handling of nuts. Growers were impressed by the large scale of production as well as the use of fertigation to manage tree growth. It was clear that pruning and mulching are an essential part of any macadamia farming system especially during a drought year. A big thank you to all the sponsors who made this tour possible including Farmers Agricare, Ivory Macadamias, Nseleni Nurseries, Green Farms, Syngenta, Rovic Leers and Nedbank and also to our hosts Martin de Kock, Neels and Claudia Raulstone, Danroc Farm and Nursery, Kudu Farms and Barberton Valley Plantations. We look forward to the next tour!



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