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About Unifrutti SA: Blyderivier Farms

Unifrutti South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Blyderiver Farms, is situated in the Greater Kruger to Canyon Biosphere near Hoedspruit in Limpopo, South Africa. Four farms were acquired from the Van den Berg Family in 2004, which now comprise Blyderiver Farms. With 574 hectares of citrus production, including lemons (166ha), grapefruit (108ha), and oranges (301ha), citrus are exported to various international markets through Unifrutti South Africa’s marketing division. Approximately 527 workers are employed during the season at Blyderiver Farms.

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Unifrutti SA: Blyderivier Farms a Carbon Hero

The CCC Carbon Calculator is a valuable tool that enables us to assess our performance and identify areas for improvement. At Blyderiver Farms, we recognise the significance of monitoring our carbon emissions and we are constantly exploring opportunities for increased efficiency – Blyderivier Farms

Unifrutti SA: Blyderivier Farms' Sustainability Initiatives

The first phase of Blyderivier Farms’ solar panel project was completed in 2022, and the next phase will involve integrating remote pumps into the system. The farm has almost finished the second major project, which involves collecting runoff water to reduce the reliance on electricity for irrigation by utilising gravity. Blyderivier’s commitment to sustainable practices extends to horticulture, where the plan is to replace alien garden plants with indigenous waterwise alternatives. Another priority is the separation and recycling of household and farm waste, though the farm is facing difficulties finding a reputable recycling company in the region.

Solar Energy

Blyderivier Farms’ solar project was completed in 2022 and the CO2 savings from this involve 47.47 ton.

Reduced Fertiliser Use

Fertilisers are applied according to recommendations only. The long-term target is to apply only environmentally friendly products.

Water Wise

Blyderiver Farms implements various measures to promote sustainable water use, including accurate and timely irrigation practices aligned with crop irrigation requirements and scheduling and monitoring soil moisture.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The separation of household and farm waste and its recycling is high on the farm’s agenda. Blyderivier shreds orchard waste for use as mulch and diverts unsuitable fruit to juice factories to minimise organic waste. 

Improved Soil Health

Organic matter such as crop residues, organic manure and compost are introduced into the soil to enhance the organic matter content.

Biodiversity Protection

Farming operations prioritise the protection of natural vegetation and indigenous areas while actively managing and controlling Alien Invasive Plants.

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