ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij was founded on 1 May 1997 through the amalgamation of ARC-Stellenbosch Institute for Fruit and Fruit Technology and ARC-Nietvoorbij Institute for Viticulture and Oenology, bringing together over 100 years’ expertise in the field of agricultural research.
PROTEOMICS AND RESEARCH SERVICES
POST HARVEST AND WINE TECHNOLOGY
SOIL AND WATER SCIENCE
ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij is a member of the Horticulture Business Division of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). The Institute is located in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, with several research farms and wineries in the region.
The ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij mandate is to conduct research, development and technology transfer on the breeding, cultivation and post-harvest technology of deciduous fruit, viticulture, alternative crops (eg berries and olives) and indigenous herbal teas.
Post-harvest activities include wine and brandy production, cold storage and other forms of shelf-life extension (drying, canning, juicing and jam). These activities are aimed at commercial farmers and resource-poor farmers as well as communities. Increasing attention is focused on stabilising food security and turning waste into value-added product.
ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij is building on previous successes obtained by Infruitec and Nietvoorbij, such as:
the proud record of new fruit and table grape cultivars released as a result of the local breeding programmes
excellent soil and water management practices, and
integrated production for environment-friendly pest and disease management
The Institute maintains excellent partnerships with its relevant industries to ensure the future of the South African fruit, vine and wine industries. The Institute comprises seven divisions, each specialising in different aspects of fruit and wine production. The institute also boasts a Sterile Insect Technique Programme.
Deciduous fruit: Apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines
Grapes: Wine, table and raisin
Alternative temperate climate crops: Cherries, honeybush and rooibos teas, olives, and strawberries
Research priorities are driven by producer needs and market demands. All projects are determined in conjunction with these industries.