5 April 2016

Piet Simelane our Senior Section  leader at Vergenoeg Farm was the first to experience the presence of the Kruger National Park lions on Vergenoeg farm. As from the end of January the residents of Vergenoeg Farm were no longer neighbors to the lions they were now guests on the farm.

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Bosveld Group, the biggest private grower and exporter of citrus in South Africa, has rebranded in August 2017 and will now be known as the Komati Fruit Group.

In a relatively short span of time, the Bosveld Group of companies grew its operation from a mere 100 ha in 1954 to more than 5 500 ha of citrus and sup-tropical fruit production.
According to the group, the time has come to strengthen its brand identity and has done this by consolidating national brands from the different farms and production regions, as well as their exporting company.

The group of companies is rebranding to form a single brand identity known as Komati Fruit. There will, however, be no changes in shareholding, control or management of the group.

The Agricultural Writers of South Africa presented Bosveld Citrus (now known as Komati Fruit Group) with their prestigious award for National Farmer of the Year in 2014.

Komati Group is very proud to announce the addition of one of the oldest and best-known citrus farms to our family. After lengthy negotiations and a long wait for approval, the farms of Crocodile Valley Citrus – now known as Crocodile River Estate – were transferred to Golden Frontiers Citrus on 13 June 2018.

Crocodile River Estate is an excellent addition to the Group due to its location in a climatic region which differs considerably with that of the Onderberg and any other production region where the Group is involved.

This location will allow the Group to further diversify our product range and timing of production. Although the farm is not in the prime status which gave it international recognition, we see a lot of potential and believe that we can return the farm to its former glory by returning to the basics and working smarter.

The farm currently produces citrus, macadamias and avocados. We believe that we can build on the current product base but also expand by planting more avocado and macadamia trees and adding soft citrus to the food basket. We are proud and happy to welcome all the employees from Croc to the family and hope that they will enjoy their journey with the Group in the effort to remain the most effective and sustainable citrus producer in South Africa.

Komati Group is driven by the concept of sustainable agriculture, meeting the current need of fruit to the industry without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable agriculture in the pest and disease control division includes the implementation of an integrated pest and disease management (IPM/IDM) program. However, phytosanitary pests and diseases are being managed chemically but, in a manner least detrimental to the surrounding ecosystems. Examples include the timeous use of specific and systemic chemicals which has a more targeted approach to control, and only affects the pests of concern resulting in natural enemies to survive and establish moderate populations. In addition, augmentative release of beneficial insects (parasitoids and predators) such as Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, Nephus spp. Coccidoxenoides perminutus and Anagyrus spp. are being used for the control of citrus mealybug (Planococcus citri). Naturally occurring beneficials in the orchards include Leptomastix dactylopii and Chrysoperla carnea. Three to four months prior to the harvesting season, Komati group relies greatly on the use of beneficial insects for the control of mealybug and red scale due to MRL restrictions on chemical usage.