The Pecan Nut

The fine-shelled Pecan nuts are considered one of the most valuable crops for their outstanding amount of nutritional values. Pecans contain many health-benefiting minerals, vitamins and other nutrients necessary for achieving optimal health. Because of its delicate flavor, the Pecan nut is extensively used in both sweet and savory dishes.

In the USA it is widely used in pies and ice-creams as well as savory dishes. 100 grams of Pecans contain more than 700 kcal. It has few carbohydrates and a high proportion of healthy, non-saturated, fatty acids, and is therefore recommended as an outstanding health-food.

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The Queen of Nuts

The Pecan nut helps prevent cardiovascular diseases as well as Alzheimer‘s. Thus their consumption is recommended both by UN agencies, as well as food agencies in the USA and China. For decades, the Pecan nut was a basis of the NASA-astronauts‘ diet in space.

The Pecan tree is a durable and sturdy plant with high production and great lumber quality. The tree grows up to 30 meters (100 feet) in height and continues to grow up to an age of 100 years. At this age, it produces more than 100 kg (220 lbs.) of nuts per year.

Your Health's Best Friend

  • Cardiovascular Health: Pecans are rich in fiber which boosts the health of your heart by reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and preventing some forms of cancer.
     

  • The fiber contained in pecans promotes Digestive Health, it prevents constipation and reduces the risk of colitis, colon cancer and hemorrhoids.
     

  • Pecan nut consumption enhances satiety and increases metabolism and Helps in Weight Loss

  • Pecans contain oleic acid which Reduces the Risk of Breast Cancer.
     

  • Pecans’ Phosphorus and Calcium help Bone and Teeth Health.
     

  • Anti-inflammatory Benefits reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.
     

  • Rich in nutrients like zinc, vitamin E, vitamin A, folate and phosphorus Helps Maintain Clear Complexion

  • Pecans’ Magnesium Reduces the Risk of Stroke & Reduces Blood Pressure.
     

  • Pecans’ polyphenolic antioxidant ellagic acid, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin all are Anti-cancer Properties.
     

  • Pecans’ Manganese, numerous antioxidants including ellagic acid, vitamin A and vitamin E Strengthen the Immune System & Anti-aging Benefits.

Our Farms

We have two plantations of 210 hectares with 7900 Pecan trees.

 

These areas were chosen for their favoring climate, as well as excellent quality of soil and water availability providing ideal conditions for the production of pecan nuts.

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Venture Farm

Our first plantation, Venture Farm, is located near the Rietspruit Dam in the North West Province which is 65 km (40 miles) north of Potchefstroom and 150 km (93 miles) west of Johannesburg. It has 6400 one year old Pecan trees.

A bird's eye view of our farm:

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Watch the planting of the trees:

Planting Pecan Saplings:

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Venture Farm Team:

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Frikkie

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David

 

Harmony Farm

Our second plantation, Harmony Farm, is located in Hartswater in the Northern Cape Province.  It has 1000 ten year old Pecan trees which are producing nuts and 500 two year old Pecan trees.

Our farm as seen from above:

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Our second plantation has 1000 ten year old trees and 500 two year old trees:

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2021 Harvest:

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Harmony Farm Team:

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John, Fannie and Colin

Why the North West and the Northern Cape provinces?

Overall, the North West and the Northern Cape provinces have optimal conditions for pecan exploitation in terms of soil, climate and water availability. Today pecans are practically exclusively produced in the Northern Hemisphere.

Nati South Africa, being in the Southern Hemisphere, benefits from additional attractiveness amongst customers and producers by producing pecan nuts in the counter season.

South Africa has a sophisticated agricultural structure and a high level of agricultural mechanization and technification, which ensures high efficiency.

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Irrigation & Agronomics

A high production level is obtained by ideal growing conditions, excellent quality of soils and full technical support from governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society interest groups. Naturally occurring hazards such as low precipitation, fires or pest infestation are countered by an efficient irrigation system and effective preventive measures.

 

Water is Our Ally

In the past, most fluctuation in price on the world market have been caused by the irregular water supply. Nati South Africa has taken the adverse effect a lack of rainfall could have on our harvest very seriously. To counter any lack of precipitation, a pivot/macro irrigation system has been installed.

Through a vast system of tubes running through the whole orchard and spanning several kilometers, the system is extremely efficient. This leads to a steady production volume for each harvest, including during periods of low rainfall.

Prevention against fire, pest and climate change

Especially during winter, there is an increased risk of fire, as piles of leaves can form. The proposed plantation also prevents fires and pests in its planning, by providing broad access routes and fire barrier paths in each orchard, separating the trees. The existing irrigation system additionally allows a rapid fighting of fire thanks to its vast network of supply pipes.

Even the current estimates of the IPCC on climate change (expected temperature rise in the next 80 years of up to 3.4 °C / 6.1 °F in southern Africa) would not affect the plantation because they are still in the range of ideal temperatures.

  • Elimination of pest breeding grounds (such as leaf piles or rotten wood);
     

  • Ongoing preventive control programs;
     

  • Selecting particularly robust species of Pecan trees

Our Community

Our people and our community are very important to us. Nati South Africa initiates and provides continuous training and educational programs for our orchard employees. Specialized orchard-specific training for our farm workers in cooperation with the national institutes and universities have also been prioritized and put in place.

The Villar de Rohde family is an active member of the community wherever a farm is established. In the past they have helped with many infrastructure improvements in the neighborhoods, as well as creating the first opportunities for female employment within the remote rural areas.

We believe that what is invested into the people, the community and the infrastructure will reflect positively back into the orchard, facilitating its continuous growth and development enabling Nati South Africa to become a world market leader in its sector.

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Our existing contributions to the community welfare:

  • First employer of women locally.
     

  • Building brick-homes for our staff.
     

  • 10 miles of power line for 20 families.

  • Training of local horticultural students.
     

  • First Elementary School student transport.

Love for Nature

We work with nature, not against it

Nati South Africa links economic attractiveness with environmental sustainability. It proves that profitability, community involvement, and social responsibility can engage with each other.

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 Knowing that we must work with nature and not against it, we have taken these measures into account: 

  • Use of primarily ecologically sound, natural fertilizers.
     

  • Setting up an environment-friendly drip-irrigation system.
     

  • Planning of a very extensive, semi-natural cultivation.
     

  • CO2 balance.

  • Maintenance of an overall healthy biosphere with high biodiversity.
     

  • Minimal use of fossil energy and broad use of renewable energies.
     

  • Initial focus on regional sales.

Minimum impact on the environment

Nati South Africa observes and respects its responsibility towards nature. Only ecologically sound and natural fertilizers are used on the orchard.

Respecting eco-friendly policies, the environment and its ecosystem obeys the principles of natural farming and those of good practice farming.

This means that the least amount of chemical fertilizers is applied by adopting a standard between conventional and organic farming proposed by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations). These fertilizers are used at the beginning to encourage growth and durability.

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100 hectares (220 acres) of pecan tree plantations already have positive impact on the carbon footprint, by capturing 870 tons of CO₂ per year.

Visit the Orchards

All partners in Nati South Africa are invited to visit their orchards. Pay us a visit to see your land, your trees, and day-to-day activities on your farm.

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