Rekopane plants first citrus in confident move into the future
The first citrus trees have been planted at the newly
formed Rekopane Estates in South Africa’s Orange
River region in what Managing Director Peu bezuidenhout
describes as a “confident move’ into the
Rekopane’s expansion plans also include further
plantings of seedless table grapes to boost its export
programme. Mr Bezuidenhout says another 68 hectares
of new table grape varieties and 60 hectares of citrus
fruit will be planted during the next three years.
REKOPANE now consists of 528 hectares of land of which
114 hectares are planted with table grapes. Rekopane
also produces 1,400 tons of wine grapes on 23 hectares.
The varieties are Colombard and Steen and the grapes
are pressed at the Oranjerivier Wine cellar. A further
22 hectares of Sultana vineyards are utilised for raisins
of which 176 tons are produced each year. There is also
a growing rose flower production, and a guest house
and farm shop concludes the business activities.
The first 8 hectares of Star Ruby grapefruit was planted
in November last year to specifically take advantage
of the growing international demand for red grapefruit.
Mr Bezuidenhout says Rekopane is in the process of developing
new linkages for the marketing of the fruit.
All the orchards have been certified in terms of the
international environmental and food safety standerds
of EurepGap and Tesco’s Nature’s Choice.
Rekopane’s evironmental policies are aimed at
sustainable agriculture and protection of indigenous
plants and wild life are part of the way of life among
the people of Rekopane.