Assisting Wine Grape Reform Projects at Gelukshoop and Nooitgedacht Farm Projects in the Western Cape with Technology Transfer and Viticulture Training


Project Number
282012

Project Title
Assisting wine grape reform projects at Gelukshoop and Nooitgedacht farm projects in the Western Cape with technology transfer and viticulture training.

Project Leader
Van Schalkwyk, D

Team Members
Fourie, P H
Van Schalkwyk, D
Beukes, O
Lotz, E

Project Description
A situation analysis was done to determine where emerging wine grape producers are located and the problems they have. Further to this input more information was collected in order to determine the extent of the constraints and whether it would be possible to address these constraints by means of technology transfer tot ensure continued, sustainable and profitable wine grape production, or if other forms of intervention are required.

Three DLA Land Reform Projects, Gelukshoop, Nooitgedacht Kleinboere and Fair Valley Estate, in the Western Cape were identified as possible emerging ventures that have a chance to be successful. Two of these projects are situated in the Bonnievale area and the other near Klapmuts. The three project sites were visited during June and August by researchers from the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij in an attempt to verify the extent of activities of various role players, the managerial and technical inputs made by these role players towards the successful execution of the farming the to obtain technical and financial information for the purpose of development of proper business plans. Both technical and financial information was obtained from Nooitgedacht and Gelukshoop and will be analysed with a farm business planning model. Some operational information was also obtained from Bonnievale and Merwespont Cellars and also from a neighbour of Gelukshoop. The business plan for this development still needs to be discussed with the owner of Fair View Estate.

At this stage it is evident that there is a lack of both business and wine grape managing skills and training in both matters are needed at Gelukshoop and Nooitgedacht farmers. However, some other organisations are also operating on these farms and their role in training still needs to be investigated.

Presentation(s)
Van Schalkwyk, D. 2005. Basic business skill management training.

Van Schalkwyk, D. 2005. Technology transfer and training in pruning and trellis systems for wine grapes.

Van Schalkwyk, D. 2005. Technology transfer and training in canopy management of wine grapes.

Van Schalkwyk, D. 2006. Technology transfer and training in the layout and planting of new vineyards.

Van Schalkwyk, D. 2006. Follow-up training in pruning and trellis systems for wine grapes.

Van Schalkwyk, D. 2006. Weed control.

Van Schalkwyk, D. 2006. Canopy management of wine grapes.

Van Wyk, G. 2006. Comparative analysis results in respect of VinPro study groups.

Louw, D. 2006. Analysed data in a business planning and operational format.

Van Wyk, G. 2007. Follow-up training in pruning and trellis systems for wine grapes.

Van Wyk, G. 2007. Weed control and the establishment of cover crops.

Van Wyk, G. 2007. Canopy management of wine grapes.

Van Wyk, G. 2007. Identification and control of grapevine diseases and pests.

Van Wyk, G. 2007. Optimal irrigation needs of wine grapes with the aim to produce quality grapes and wine.

Van Wyk, G. 2007. The comparative analysis results in respect of VinPro study groups.

Louw, D. 2007. Analysed data was presented in a business planning and operational format.

Van Wyk, G. 2008. Effective weed in vineyards.

Van Wyk, G. 2008. Comparative analysis results in respect of VinPro study groups.

Van Wyk, G. 2008. Canopy management.

Van Wyk, G. 2008. Pruning.

Van Wyk, G. 2008. Post harvest fertilising.

Van Wyk, G. 2008. Irrigation scheduling.

Article
Van Schalkwyk, D, Carstens, J, Beukes, O. 2008. Grondhervormings plase te Bonnievale vind baat by LNR Infruitec-Nietvoorbij se wingerd opleiding en tegnologie oordrag, WineLand, (223) (p. 73-75)

Van Schalkwyk, D, Carstens, J, Beukes, O. 2008. Land reform farms in Bonnievale benefit for ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij: vineyard training and technology transfer, Wynboer Technical Yearbook, (p. 24-26)

FinalReport.pdf

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