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December 2023 / January 2024

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SA Fruit Journal: December 2023 / January 2024

How can growers find the best fit for their orchards? By Anna Mouton

A Hortgro-funded project initiated by independent cultivar-evaluation company Provar aims to create an economic model to help growers compare the merits of new cultivars.

Provar intern Maréze Smit is developing the model for her MSc in agricultural economics, under the supervision of Dr Willem Hoffmann of Stellenbosch University and the co-supervision of Dr Iwan Labuschagne of Provar. The project initially looked at apples and plums.

Smit presented her preliminary findings at the 2023 Hortgro Research Showcase and a recent Provar information day. The Provar event also included a discussion of the economic implications of cultivar selection, where Smit was joined by Hortgro Group Operations Manager Mariette Kotzé and well-known stone-fruit grower Grant Smuts.

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