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OUR AGRICULTURAL AND SCIENTIFIC OPTIONS
 

Our specialist business is to design, arrange and conduct tours in the unique markets of Agriculture and Science, through which the agri- or scientific tourist is exposed to the leading edge technology of our country. Our well-defined network of specialist contacts, advisors and suppliers ensures an intimate, personal exposure in your particular field of interest. Our well-trained registered tourist guides will supplement the quality of you trip, and they come highly recommended. 

 

It is our vision to be the most reliable supplier
 of travel & tourism services in and to
 the niche market
 of agriculture, science and technology.
 
 

 

ABOUT SOUTH AFRICAN AGRICULTURE

South Africa is under the top 10 countries in the world with regards to nett agricultural exports, and is in fact the only country on the African continent with a nett agricultural export. Blessed with a spectrum of climatic conditions – from Mediterranean to Tropical to semi-arid desert conditions, we are indeed in the fortunate position to be able to produce virtually any kind of crop, and to raise livestock anywhere within our boundaries.

The well-developed infrastructure - roads and rail - throughout the country makes our markets, clients and export ports and airports very easy to reach, which helps the farmer to be as competitive as possible. The Government, Provincial Governments, Organised commercial agriculture, Universities, and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) are doing much to use the existing infrastructure, knowledge and experience, to also empower the previously disadvantaged communities, and to bring them into, albeit on small scale for now, the agricultural business arena.

We can offer you specialised tours in many different fields of agriculture and science. To wet your appetite, here follows just a few examples:

 

 

PRODUCTION OF VARIOUS CROPS

Grape, Wine and Cellar Technology South Africa is in the beneficial position in the southern hemisphere that we can supply the northern markets with fresh grapes during their winter season, including Christmas. Our own locally bred table grape varieties are well-known for their excellent keeping quality, both in the vineyard and on the shelf. Our production practices compare to the best available in the world; and our farmers have the drive to constantly improve their output in order to stay competitive on the world's markets. For many years South African wines have been - and probably still is - a secret to many a wine lover from around the world. The years of isolation have forced us to put much research into wine in order to stay abreast with what was happening in the rest of the world. Today we are on par, with top quality wines being turned out by many old and new cellars.    

 

 

As part of the new world wine countries, South Africa has much to offer the technical traveller. Good wines are made in the vineyard, or so they say. The use of the right production methods in the vineyard, supplies our winemakers with the quality grapes they need to produce their quality wines.

Deciduous, Citrus & Tropical Fruit, & Fruit Juices The exceptional climate and build of the land in the Western Cape, makes it very suitable for the production of high quality Deciduous Fruit, while similar areas in the Eastern Lowveld (Mpumalanga), the Sundays River Valley (Eastern Cape) and the Olifants River Valley (Western Cape) are more suited to the production of citrus, and vast areas of Mpumalanga and northern KwaZulu-Natal for the growing of Tropical and Sub-Tropical fruits. Large quantities of the production are top quality export fruit, which are significant earners of foreign exchange. Since the deregulisation of one the channel marketing system, many companies have been established successfully to export South African fruit to places around the world. The intensive breeding programme for new cultivars (breeding for easier production or new characteristics or adapting to market trends) by different Institutes of the ARC, keeps the fruit industry among the forerunners in the world. Culdevco controls the patent rights of the South African varieties.

     

Wheat, Maize, Canola, other Grain Products, Sunflowers, Cotton  Two major production areas for grain products exist in South Africa. In the south-western Cape, winter wheat, barley and oats is grown in the so-called bread basket of South Africa, which is situated in the Swartland some 50 to 70 kilometres to the north of Cape Town; while further significant production comes from the Overberg, 80 to 120 kilometres to the east of the Mother City. Maize, but also some summer wheat, is mostly limited to the northern sections of the country - in the Free State, Northwest Province, and south of Gauteng. Canola (also known as rape seed), is a crop of which the production is "mushrooming”. All over the world people are becoming more and more health conscious, and the advantages of Canola and Canola products are spreading like wildfire. There are also significant plantings of groundnuts and soya in the Freestate, Northwest Province and Mpumalanga. Cotton is also produced in the northern part of the country.

 

Vegetables & Potatoes  We are self-sufficient as far as the production of fresh vegetables are concerned, and we also have an advanced processing industry – both canning and freezing. Vegetable production includes all the basic foods stuffs required in the market - various kinds of pumpkin and squash, onions, leeks, spring onions, tomatoes (open field and tunnels) and jam tomatoes, a variety of basic salads (including sweet peppers and cucumber), beans, sweet potato, peas, cauliflower and cabbage, and also some exotic things, such as frilly or fancy lettuce, a wide selection of herbs, and then some berries. Sufficient potato and potato seed is also produced for local consumption, while exports also account for a significant amount in our trade balance.

 

 


 

Sugar Production  South Africa has been a prime producer of sugar cane for more than 150 years. The major plantings occur in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as the southeastern portion of Mpumalanga - this is the area south of the Kruger Park border, towards Swaziland and Mozambique. The 2 major role players in the industry, is the South African Sugar Association (SASA) and the South African Sugar Research Institute (SASRI).

Tea Ceylon or "English" tea is grown intensively in the area around Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province. It is also processed here before being distributed.  In the Cedarberg, an area about 2 hours north of Cape Town, we also grow a natural tea – Rooibos ("red bush"). This is a healthy product from mother earth. It has no caffeine or tannins, and has been proven to have many medicinal uses as well. Another popular herbal tea, Honeybush tea, is also produced in the Cape. Like Rooibos, it comes from the Fynbos Floral Kingdom.     

 
  

Plant Improvement Through continuous research, the quality of our plant material is constantly improved. The distribution of the new material goes hand in hand with our nursery industry. Specialised nurseries exist for most crops, while some large farming groups, who specialise in just one or two commodities, even have their very own nursery facilities. This makes them self-sufficient in many ways.

Nurseries & Breeding High-tech facilities for many different crops are available all around South Africa. From the in vitro reproduction and propagation of banana, to top quality grape and fruit material which are exported to many parts of the world.

 

POST-HARVEST TECHNOLOGY AND PROCESSING

Research & Development / Training facilities The ARC has institutes for different fields of agriculture spread throughout the country, mainly in the areas where the main production of the specific crop is situated. These campuses are accessible to the clients of Cape AgriTours. The same applies to many of our Universities, Universities of Technology and other educational organisations. The particular field of technology is not a limiting factor.

Pack sheds & Cold rooms New technology, both locally developed and imported technology, is continuously applied to ensure that the quality of fruit and vegetables is retained during storage. In the export of fresh fruit and vegetables, a sustained cold chain of quality is of the utmost importance.

Beer Breweries & Hops All the base products for the production of high quality brews, are produced locally. The bulk of the commercial hops is cultivated near George in the southern Cape. South African Breweries (SAB), a company with substantial international links, is the prime producer of beer in South Africa. Of late, many micro-breweries have also seen the light, and the variety of available local beers have increased significantly.

Food Processing Plants & Abattoirs Technologically advanced plants have been erected throughout the country, in order to process the various crops produced. Some of the world's most advanced wine cellars are found in the land of the Rainbow People; as well as one of the largest paper and pulp plants in the world; some of the most modern sugar mills; and processing and freezing facilities for vegetables and other food stuffs.   

 

LIVESTOCK FARMING AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

Beef & Dairy Cattle, Cheese production & other Livestock Livestock production is possible virtually anywhere in our country. Many different breeds of beef cattle are raised, including well-known names such as Hereford, Simmentaler, Brahman, Bonsmara, Pinzgauer, Aberdeen (red & black), Drakensberger, and the local Afrikaner, Nguni and Boran breeds. Nguni's are well adapted to local conditions, and are very resistant to most bovine diseases. The Boran are extremely docile animals and the cows are wonderful mother that are very easy to work with. Visits can also include feedlots with as many as 20000 head at a time, as well as pasture and range farming, where the cattle are raised off pastures or the natural veld.

It is primarily the Holstein, Jersey and Ayrshire breeds which are used as dairy cattle. Our tours will include visits to the dairy, processing plants and cheese factories (this could also include goats & sheep's milk cheese). The production of cheese in specialised units at smaller estates is growing in popularity, as many South African farmers are diversifying their farming activities.
 


Many of the well-known sheep breeds, as well as locally bred stock, are raised for the production of meat and wool, also in the extensive semi-arid areas of the interior of South Africa. The local dual purpose Dohne merino, with a very high weaning percentage and fine wool quality, is arguably the most important breed, but German merino, SA meat merino, Ilse de France, Dorper and Dormer breeds are also raised extensively. Some lessor known breeds like the Letelle are also found.

Pigs are also important livestock, and piggeries are found around the country. The Large White and Landrace are the most important breeds, with other breeds making up the numbers. Many of the piggeries are disease free, and special disease management measures are in place for visits.

Boerbok and Angora are the most important goat breeds found in South Africa, while some Saanen goats for the production of high quality cheese are also raised.

EXOTIC FARMING

FYNBOS - indeginous to the Western Cape, a Unique Heritage The south-western tip of Africa is home to the Cape floral Kingdom - Flora capensis, a mere 0,04% of the world's surface area. The smallest of the six Plant Kingdoms of the world is home to the unique Fynbos (small fine bush) biome, which encompasses more than 8500 species of plant. This diversity classifies it as an individual Plant Kingdom. From proteas, heathers and reeds, to geophytes, daisies and some small trees, the small fauna and the beauty of the mountains, makes this a botanical wonderland. A pure joy to visit. This region is also home to the rooibos tea plant - a healthy tannin-free tea, buchu - a medicinal plant, while the flowers are exported both fresh and dried.

Forestry Our timber industry supplies base material to the building and mining industries, the paper and paper pulp industry, as well as soft wood for the production of matches. Pine and eucalyptus are the most commonly grown trees, but also wattle and poplar are used. As many as 360 000 trees are planted every working day of the year - which is about 90 million trees per year.

Ostriches At the turn of the 20th century, the ostrich feather industry was at its peak because of ladies fashion, but today a new boom is on the horizon. Ostrich meat is cholesterol free, and for health reasons the production is increasing signifcantly. Top quality leather is obtained from the skins - an added bonus, which really covers the cost of raising a bird. But these peculiar birds also have a tourism value, and many visitor has either stood on an egg, or has taken a ride on the wild side!

 

Crocodile farming This novelty breeding has become big business, because of the quality skins from these animals, as well as supplying meat for exotic markets. Most breeding farms are found in the northern part of our country, but some young animals are raised in the Cape. Guided tours of the various farms are possible. 

 

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