Water Stewardship Case Study with Dreem Fruit

As part of Worldwide Fruit’s Water Stewardship programme, Blue North is writing up a number of case studies on Worldwide Fruit’s key growers and where they are in terms of water stewardship in their main catchments. The aim of these case studies is to raise awareness on water challenges, but also to showcase sustainability strategies that South African growers are implementing.

Leonard Droomer, general manager of Dreem Fruit, was honoured with Delecta’s Stone Fruit Producer of the Year award in 2019. When visiting the farm, we came to understand why. Leonard is a modern-day farmer who sees farming as managing a business. He acknowledges that you cannot be an expert in everything and is not afraid to outsource or buy-in knowledge on the sciences. When it comes to sustainability, Dreem Fruit tries to achieve a balance around the principles of economic and social wellbeing, while protecting the environment. Some of the initiatives they have implemented to promote sustainable water use include planting higher-value crops and planting the right cultivars, mulching, staying informed on the latest technology, their irrigation methods, and scheduling. For Dreem Fruit, sustainable management of biodiversity is all about getting the right information and then making the right decisions. They have seen how their low impact spray programs increased biodiversity. Dreem Fruit’s cover crops are also a biodiverse mix of whatever wants to be there, promoting plant and animal diversity, in addition to ensuring soil health. Their biggest driver to success is testing cultivars for at least 3 years before planting commercially, making sure they plant the right cultivars for their specific region and climate.

 

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