At our Styrkraal production unit on the southern bank of the Orange River on the Namibian border, the preparation for the coming harvest season is well underway. Our vineyards have budded some time ago and are already growing well. There is adequate water from the Orange River for us to successfully prepare and harvest these
Asia Fruit Logistica is the most important Asian Fresh Produce trade show and conference and we plan to attend this in September.
We will again be attending the Fruit Attraction Fruit and Vegetable Trade Show in Madrid. A group from ASV Farms attended this event in 2016 and found it to be a good occasion to find out about the latest trends in the international Fresh produce sector and a great business networking opportunity.
In a quest to evaluate potential new grape varieties for our future production, ASV Farms is sending ASV Production Manager Philip Lourens to California for two months of first-hand practical observation and evaluation at breeding facilities. As we have production units in South Africa's early, mid and late production regions, choosing the correct varieties for
Above: Sweet Sapphire from IFG (International Fruit Genetics) ASV Farms productions are set to grow steadily into the future as we are planting a total of 136ha of vineyards on the group's various production units during this year. This represents both vineyard renewal, where we are replacing old vineyards, as well as expanding by planting
ASV Farms – Villion Farms receives third prize in the Hex Valley Block competition’s young vineyard division
Philip Lourens (left), Manager of Grand View receiving his trophy and certificate from HTA Chairman Fanie Naudé. Philip Lourens, Manager at Villion Farms's Grand View production unit in the Hex River Valley achieved third prize in young vineyard block division of the annual Hex River Valley Table Grape block competition. Congratulations Philip!
In preparation for the forthcoming harvest, we have implemented a considerable upgrade at our packaging facility at Nirvana farm in the Hex River Valley. The facility now has 22 packing stations and will make use of a new state-of-the-art "intelligent" scale system. Our scale system is integrated with traceability and real-time productivity software and this
The newly planted vineyards at our Nuy production unit in the Breede River Valley are thriving. We have planted 10 hectares of young vines from the IFG and SNFL breeding programmes namely Joybells, Sweet Globe and Timco. They have grown well since planting in spring last year and hold the promise for exciting future production.
The staff on ASV Farms production units also achieved good results in the Orange River Farm Worker of the year contest. This is hosted annualy by ORPA (Orange River Producer Alliance) and, with 76 entrants, the 2016 competition was the biggest one yet. We are proud to say that entrants from ASV Farms won first place in three of the seven categories as well as second place in two of the categories!
Employees on the ASV Viljoen production farms have again achieved well in this year’s Farmworker of the Year competitions. For the many hard working and dedicated people that work on farms in the grape production areas, this competition is the highlight of the year and it is an opportunity for recognition of commitment to excellence and personal empowerment for winners and entrants in the competition’s various categories.