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7. Training and research

  • ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij Tel: 021 809 3100/58 Chris Hansman – 021 809 3446 www.arc.agric.za In addition to research, training courses are given in the drying of fruit.
  • ARC-Agricultural Engineering (AE) Petrus Britz Tel: 012 842 4017 britzpj [at] arc.agric.za www.arc.agric.za Small-scale fruit and vegetable drying for smallholder farmers
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Tel: 012 841 2911 www.csir.co.za Included in CSIR programmes is training and demonstration in solar drying and sun drying.
  • Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (KwaZulu-Natal) Khangelani Maxwell Mkhathini – 033 343 8090 Khangelani.Mkhathini [at] kzndard.gov.za, Sandile Zulu – 033 355 9690 Sandile.zulu [at] @kzndard.gov.za www.kzndard.gov.za
  • Dried Fruit Technical Services (DFTS) Tel: 021 870 2900 www.hortgro.co.za Short courses, farmers’ days and technical discussions are frequently organised by Dried Fruit Technical Services.
  • Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute Tel: 021 808 5111 www.elsenburg.com Dried Fruit is part of the Diploma at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute, Stellenbosch. Training covers the whole fruit production process: planting, pruning, irrigation, fertilisation, pest- and disease management, harvesting, and drying of the crop.
  • FoodBev Tel: 011 253 7300 www.foodbev.co.za FOODBEV is the Sector Education Training Authority (SETA) responsible for facilitating education and training in the food and beverages manufacturing sector
  • Hortgro Science Tel: 021 882 8470 www.hortgro-science.co.za
  • South African Plant Improvement Organisation (SAPO) Tel: 021 887 6823 www.saplant.co.za A specialist plant improvement organisation owned by deciduous fruit growers through Hortgro Services, the Canning Fruit Producers Association, the Dried Fruit Technical Services and South African Table Grapes.
  • Stellenbosch University Department of Food Science Tel: 021 808 3578 www.sun.ac.za/foodsci 
  • University of Fort Hare Department of Agronomy Mr MD Brutsch Tel: 040 602 2131/2069

 

8. Companies involved

Equipment

Packers / marketers

Others

 

9. Websites and publications

Visit the websites and publications referred to earlier in the chapter, specifically under heading 4.

  • Find the notes on drying mangoes at www.mango.co.za.
  • Brett, A, Cox, D.R.S., Simmons, R. & Anstee, G. 1996. "Producing Solar Dried Fuit and Vegetables for micro and small-scale Rural Enterprise Development". Handbook 3: Practical Aspects of Processing. Chatham, UK: Natural Resources Institute.
  • Find a report on raisins in China here. China is the third largest producer after the USA and Turkey (USDA, 2016).
  • An issue of the DAFF-NAMC International Tradeprobe (September 2014) ran a report on dried grapes (raisins). It ranked South Africa sixth, globally as a producer. Find the publication at www.namc.co.za.
Sources for this chapter: Wikipedia; Dried fruit Technical Services (DFTS), the mentioned websites.