SOUTH AFRICAN DECIDUOUS FRUIT CULTIVARS
Our 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.
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
This division maintains excellent partnerships with its relevant industries
to ensure the future of the South African fruit, vine and wine
industries. It comprises seven units, each specialising
in different aspects of fruit and wine production. The division 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
priorities are driven by producer needs and market demands. All
projects are determined in conjunction with these industries.