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June / July 2023

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SA Fruit Journal: June / July 2023

A brief history of table-grape irrigation in SA. By Anna Mouton

After climate, water is the most important limiting factor in fruit production, reads a 1951 article on irrigation of fruit trees and vines from the very first volume of The Deciduous Fruit Grower – the monthly magazine that became the SA Fruit Journal in 2002.

According to the article, many Western Cape growers in the 1950s still regarded rainfall as sufficient for fruit production. Nowadays, all table grapes are irrigated with the help of technology that our industry pioneers could never have imagined.

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