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Dear Readers and Subscribers,

Welcome to 2019 and best wishes for a prosperous and successful year ahead from the team at Macadamia SA.

Before we get into what lies ahead for the publication this year, we want to thank all Macadamia processors and growers who supported the magazine in 2018, not only through their advertising spend but also by allowing our writers access to study group events, farm visits and industry information.

This generosity of spirit made it possible for us to fill the publication with interesting stories in support of what has become one of the most exciting agricultural sectors in the country.

The magazine, which – according to many – has filled an important gap in communicating the macadamia industry’s growth and development in the country, is now geared for its second year in production with new plans and projects in the pipeline.

Our writers and commentators will continue to fill the pages of each edition with stories of growers and processors who are innovating on a daily basis to ensure the environmental and financial sustainability of the sector by adopting top level staff development programmes, improved harvesting, fertiliser and irrigation methodologies and through the use of carefully monitored and integrated pest management programmes.

Content is also geared towards following trends which could mean the inclusion of features on the development of the avocado industry as farmers, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal, look to stabilise their sugarcane operations through the diversification of their crops.

Secondly, we will introduce The Macadamia Africa which will give profile to the growth of macadamia orchards on the African continent and the impact on the economies of countries in the region.

During this new year, our publication will continue relaying the stories of farmers who remain committed to the growth of the agricultural sector, and to creating employment and economic sustainability in the region, often in the face of tremendous odds.

Gareth Wright

Editor

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