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Statistical information on the Avocado Industry in the Mopani District, Limpopo, South Africa, 2018

This is a summarized version of a report which was compiled and submitted to Government during the recent meetings which was held in Tzaneen to discuss the matter on Land Expropriation without Compensation, by the attorney firm, Thomas & Swanepoel Inc. in Tzaneen, on behalf of various commercial farmers and stakeholders in the Mopani District.
The avocado industry in Mopani is a highly complex industry with various businesses whose livelihood depends directly and indirectly there on.

Avozilla- the world’s largest avocado

There’s a sizeable new addition to the avocado industry, and it’s called the Avozilla -  the biggest avocado you can buy.
This exciting cultivar originated in South Africa and has an average weight of 1,2 kg, in comparison with the 200-250gr of a normal avocado!
Despite some confusion on the matter, the Avozilla is NOT a genetically-modified avocado and has not been treated with any growth-enhancing chemicals.

Avo Mania

Winter time in Tzaneen is when we celebrate the wonder fruit of the moment – Avocado’s!
Avocado cultivation was commercialised by the work of pioneers like Dr Wilson Popenoe at the beginning of the 20th century and is now widely used in many areas outside its centre of origin.
In South Africa, Dr Hans Merensky initiated the first avocado orchard plantings at Westfalia Estate in 1933, and currently the avocado is grown in the tropics on both sides of the equator and in subtropical regions up to 43o latitude.

About Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom or Potch (as most people abbreviate it) is a University town of about 128,253 people, situated approximately 120km to the south-west of Johannesburg. Potch is popular for many reasons including being a university town.
The city has very few industries and boasts clean air and a low crime rate. It is an important industrial, service and agricultural growth point of North West Province. Industries in Potchefstroom include steel, food, and chemical processing. The chicken industry is of key importance.

River Capture site in Georges Valley

A River Capture site can be found nine kilometres down the Georges Valley Road, at the turn off to the Wolkberg Wilderness Area, a point on the Letaba River where a prehistoric act of “piracy“ occurred.
This very rare example of stream piracy occurs when streams increase the size of their valleys by the erosion of the soil and rocks surrounding their channels, either by widening their channels or by head ward erosion.

The Tsonga Kraal Museum

Tsonga Kraal Museum:
The Tsonga Kraal Museum is another attraction within the boundaries of the Hans Merensky Nature reserve that is interesting to visit.
This museum represents the building styles and cultural products of the North Tsonga. The North Tsonga is comprised of refugee groups from the southern parts of Mozambique.

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