Culdevco (Pty) Limited has over the past 10 years established itself as a major player in the international arena of deciduous fruit licensing. At Culdevco we optimized our evaluation procedures to more accurately identify and evaluate stone fruit, pome fruit, and table- and raisin grape cultivars, that are easy to grow with low risk to the growers. These cultivars are also easy to sell on all markets. Culdevco continues to make use of experienced evaluators, technical advisors, producers and other independent third party organizations to further assist it in identifying cultivars that will keep all its clients ahead of their competitors. Culdevco is therefore well-geared to effectively meet the challenges of the future.
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Until February 2016, Culdevco managed 469 pome fruit, stone fruit and grape cultivars and selections. This include 19 apples, 29 pears and pear rootstocks, 44 apricots, 93 nectarines, 89 peaches, 118 plums, 4 stone fruit rootstocks and 73 grapes. 159 of the 469 cultivars were made available to the South African deciduous fruit industry. During the past ten years Culdevco, in cooperation with the Agricultural Research Council, released 45 new cultivars to the South African deciduous fruit industry.
Culdevco has a very active marketing campaign aimed at producers, technical advisors, exporters, importers and major international supermarkets. One of the strategies is regular orchard walks that are held at different farms.
The range of released deciduous fruit cultivars under Culdevco management are pro-actively marketedlocally and internationally. A large number of these varieties remain in high demand locally and internationally.
Some of them include the following:
- Lower chilling Appels: African Red, Afri Star and Afri Blush
- Pears: Cape Rose and Rosemarie
- Plums: Ruby sun, Ruby Star, African Delight®, Ruby Crunch, Sun Kiss and Laetitia
- Peaches: Cascade, Keisie, Autumn Crunch, Sandvliet, Golden Pride, Fantacy and Supreme
- Table grapes: Joybells
Of the cultivars mentioned above, Afri Star, Afri Blush, Cape Rose (Cheeky®), African Delight, Ruby Star, Ruby Sun, Ruby Crunch, Cascade, Golden Pride, Autumn Crunch and Joybells were released and commercialized through Culdevco.
Culdevco has a very active marketing campaign aimed at producers, technical advisors, exporters, importers and major international supermarkets. One of the strategies is regular orchard walks that are held at different farms. The aim is to show interested parties new promising apple, blushed pear, table grape and stone fruit selections. From these orchard walks new promising selections are identified that in future will be planted semi-commercially on commercial farms for further evaluation under different climatic conditions.
From our marketing campaign it became clear that there is currently a huge demand for:
- Lower to medium chilling plum varieties that are relatively disease resistant, with agood production ability, red flesh and an average fruit size of between 56 to 59 mm (AA). A large number of exciting new red flesh plum selections are currently under evaluation and already planted in semi-commercial orchards in different sites in South Africa, Spain and England.
- Blushed apricots that are well-adapted for the South African lower chilling conditions.
- Earlier apricot varieties suitable for canning.
- Canning peaches in general, but especially for varieties prior to ripening weeks 6 and 7 and with Kakamas.