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ARC and Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber join forces

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The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) recently signed an inaugural memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber South Africa (DFDC-SA).

ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij and the DFDC-SA have been working together on areas of deciduous fruit development through research and training. This MoU aims to further explore collaborations in areas of mutual interest, specifically those of research, development and technology transfer, and in particular, that of the transformation of the deciduous fruit industry. Read more


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Fhumulani Ratshitanga was appointed CEO of Fruit South Africa (Fruit SA) on 1 June 2020. This follows her appointment to the role of Acting CEO on 1 April 2020.

Having joined Fruit SA as Industry Affairs Manager in July 2019, Fhumulani’s expansive experience and affinity with the agricultural sector and the fruit industry will continue to stand her in good stead as she progresses into this dynamic role. Her career in the agricultural sector spans over 18 years: She has worked for the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions, the department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and the Perishable Products Export Control Board.

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