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Dr. Jim Button receives 2011′s OHS Reinecke Industry Leader Award   

Dr. Jim Button, who retired as manager and director of TopFruit in South Africa in 2008, has received the new prestigious OHS Reinecke Industry Leader Award as presented by Dr. Shadrach Moephull, CEO of the Agriculture Research Council.  The award is an amalgamation of the old Cape Pomological Association’s award presented between 1976 and 1999 and the current Frontrunner award that was annually presented by the Deciduous Fruit Industries and ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij. 

 
As was the case with prof Reinecke, Dr. Jim Button had a fruitful career in agriculture stretching over 52 years starting in 1956. He was born on a farm in the Transvaal Highveld in 1942 and was schooled in White River and Johannesburg, obtaining all of his degrees from the University of Natal.  Dr. Button started his lustrous career at the SA Citrus Exchange in Nelspruit and London and went on to lecture at the University of Natal in
Plant Physiology and Horticulture. During this time he spent a year doing his sabbatical in Israel and Germany.
 
 
In 1978 he was appointed as the first General Manager of SAPO, resigning in 1985 to start Rosenhof Nursery and to join Topfruit as manager and director. During the period from 1985 to his retirement, Dr. Button served on:
•South African Apple and Pear Producers Association’s Board
•Deciduous Fruit Tree Nurserymen Association’s Board
•Deciduous Plant Improvement Board
•Unifruco Cultivar Development Committee
•Deciduous Fruit Strategic Planning Committee
•Cape Promological Association’s Board
•International Pink Lady Association
•Managing Director of the International Pink Lady Association
•Executive Director of Zaiger SA for the last 10 years.
 
As the award winner, Dr. Button received a desk paper holder engraved with his name and the name of the award sponsored by the industry along with a cash prize also sponsored by the industry.  Dr. Button is praised for his contribution to agriculture in South Africa and from his CV there is no doubt that he is the first worthy receiver of the new award for 2011.

WINNERS - WEEK 52   

DAPPLE SUPREME - I/S PLUM

Dapple Supreme is the earliest maturing inter-specific plum of the Zaiger "Dapple" range. Dapple Supreme is a medium sized fruit with a very attractive crisp red flesh. At eating maturity it had a TSS reading of 20.8, sweet flavour and overall excellent eating quality. If you would like further information on this variety please click here

Zaiger SA is busy working on putting together a complete "Dappled" range, to view the other Dappled varieties available please click here

HONEY KIST - NECTARINE

Honey Kist is also a sub acid yellow fleshed nectarine with an attractive dark red skin. This variety is symmetrical, rounded in shape and medium in size with a cling stone. At eating maturity it had a TSS reading of 15.6, sweet flavour and overall very good eating quality. Production is good and split pit is no problem with this variety. If you would like more detailed information on this variety please click here

Honey Kist is the fifth in the Zaiger "Honey" range, to see the full range please click here


WINNERS - WEEK 51   

FLAVOR PRINCE - I/S PLUM

Flavor Prince is an inter-specific plum with a very attractive dark purple skin and red flesh. Fruit size is medium, rounded in shape with an indented fruit tip. At eating maturity it had a TSS reading of 18.4, sweet flavour and overall excellent eating quality. This selection has been commercialised in South Africa and plant breeders rights have been applied for this variety. If you would like further information on this variety please click here


WINNERS - WEEK 50   

RUBY GLO - NECTARINE

Ruby Glo is a sub acid yellow fleshed nectarine with a very attractive dark red over colour. This variety is symmetrical, rounded and large in size with a cling stone. At eating maturity it had a TSS reading of 20.5, sweet flavour and overall very good eating quality. Production is very good and split pit is no problem with this variety. If you would like more detailed information on this variety please click here

HONEY FIRE - NECTARINE

Honey Fire is a sub acid yellow fleshed nectarine with a very attractive dark red, almost purple skin. Fruit size was very good, round in shape with an indented tip and a cling stone. The fruit was very clean with no signs of split pit. At eating maturity it had a TSS reading of 16.7, sweet flavour and overall very good eating quality. If you would like more detailed information on this variety please click here

Honey Fire is the third in the Zaiger "Honey" range, to see the full range please click here

I6689 (56ZA42) - PEACH

I6689 is a yellow fleshed peach with an attractive medium red over cream/yellow skin. Fruit size was very good, round in shape with an indented fruit tip and a cling stone. This variety has extensive bleeding from the skin inwards resulting in a very attractive juicy red flesh. The fruit harvested was very clean with no signs of split pit and good overall eating quality. If you would like further information on this variety please click here


CAN YOU AFFORD TO MISS OUT?   

Zaiger SA recently put together a 2 page advertorial which has been published in the latest Oct/Nov edition of the South African Fruit Journal (SAFJ). This article aims to inform growers about any marketing or planting restrictions on the various Zaiger cultivars as well as the royalty structure and licensing procedures. To view the full pdf version of the article please click here.

If you would like to join the Zaiger programme and receive further information on the varieties mentioned in the advertorial as well as many more exciting new cultivars please contact Michael Anderson on (082) 561 5009.


 
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