The general manager of Coastal Macadamia, Ann Baker (second from left) with local award-winning macadamia growers, (from left) Dave Mitchell of Bushy Vales Farm, Blaine Peckham of Outlook Farm and Kurt Worthmann
LOCAL farmers walked away with a number of awards when the Green Farms Nut Company hosted an end-of -year function for its KwaZulu-Natal region at The Packshed Restaurant in Margate recently.
With more than 80 guests attending, it was the biggest gathering the company had ever hosted in this region. There is currently no other company in South Africa as heavily invested in the macadamia industry.
Our KwaZulu-Natal facility, Coastal Macadamia, will double its processing capacity next year. The value we place on our farmers’ support is imperative,” said Green Farm Nut company chief executive, Jill Whyte.
Every year the company runs competitions in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, the three regions where they have factories.
Attending the South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry business breakfast held at Mojo’z Southcoast Mall last Tuesday are (from left) Rupert Herselman of FNB, president of the chamber Vijay Naidoo and Rishi Duki of FNB.
THE South Coast is ranked among the top macadamia nut growing and processing areas in the country. This was said at the South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry business breakfast session held at Mojo’z Cafe in Southcoast Mall last Tuesday.
Stuart Gregory, founding member of MayoMacs, unpacked the story of macadamia nut farming on the coast and gave a talk about some of the opportunities available in the industry.
According to Mr Gregory, macadamia nuts are a growing market in South Africa, as South Africa is the third largest macadamia nut producer in the world, after Australia (where they originated) and Hawaii.
Mr Gregory said, if farmers were willing to wait several years for a return on their investment, macadamias were the way to go.
Macadamia trees take about five to 12 years to produce nuts and a good tree can produce nuts for many years. Although the trees require a hot, subtropical climate without much humidity, careful planning was still required to ensure they were of the best quality.”
Mr Gregory said the recent winds experienced on the South Coast had been a major threat to the trees but the situation is manageable.
“Not only are macadamia nuts excellent for investment purposes and great on profit returns, they are good for everyone’s health.”
Reckoned to be a high-energy food containing no cholesterol or trans fatty acids, macadamia nuts have rapidly become a profitable business for growers around the coast.
According to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, medical research has shown that the consumption of macadamias may significantly lower the risk of heart disease.
Source: South Coast Herald