South African Avocado Growers is at the forefront of the thriving South African avocado industry. We manage approximately 17,500 hectares of avocado orchards, primarily in the fertile regions of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, with select areas in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, and the Western Cape.
Our annual avocado production stands at around 125,000 tons, with 60,000 tons exported to Europe and the United Kingdom, and the remainder enjoyed domestically. We also process 10% of our avocados into oil and puree.
The South African avocado season runs from March to October, ensuring consistent availability of major cultivars due to regional climate differences.
As we continue to grow, we're actively exploring new markets like the USA, Japan, and China, with a commitment to delivering the finest South African avocados to tables worldwide.
The South African Avocado Growers' Association (SAAGA) wants to help people from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who want to study horticulture or agricultural economics/agribusiness. They are giving financial support, called bursaries, to these individuals to pursue a BSc (Agric) degree or a similar one.
If you receive this bursary, you must work for the SA Subtropical Growers' Association (Subtrop) for a year for each year you receive the bursary, as long as there are job openings. If there are no openings at Subtrop after you finish your studies, SAAGA will help you find a job with one of its member organizations. Also, when you do your seminars and projects, you should try to focus on avocados if possible.
Requirements and eligibility
Bursary Application Requirements
Application Deadline: All applications for the Subtrop Bursary must be submitted to the offices of Subtrop no later than 31st October of the year preceding the academic year for which the bursary is being sought.
Applicants must complete the attached application form in its entirety.
All required supporting documentation must be attached to the application.
Notification of Application Status: Applicants will be informed of the decision regarding their bursary application in a timely manner. Please note that if you have not been contacted by 31st December, your application should be considered unsuccessful.
How to apply
Follow the application link where you will find a form that you will need to fill out and attach your supporting documents to. This completed application must be sent to email@example.com.
The supporting documents need are :
A motivation letter as to why you should be considered for the bursary
University academic record
A brief Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
Details of any other bursary or scholarship which you may hold