Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest exporter of South African apples and pears, is pleased to announce that its chairman, Mr Pieter Graaff has been chosen by the Agricultural Writers Association as the 2018 Western Cape Farmer of the Year and is now in line for the prestigious national title of South African Farmer of the Year, expected later in November.
In commending Graaff the Association said that Graaff, through his Witzenberg Properties holdings, is the single biggest apple producer in South Africa with a 2018 production of 46, 783 tons.
Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing’s managing director, Roelf Pienaar says: “Our heartiest congratulations to our chairman, Pieter Graaff on this notable accolade and achievement. Tru-Cape is blessed to have a number of our growers and employees celebrated by peers in the industry. For Tru-Cape, Pieter’s forward-thinking approach to planting new varieties and further developing his cherry crop adds much value to Tru-Cape’s product basket. We also recognise the cogent and fiduciary duty that he performs as our chairman.”