Southern Farms

Southern Farms MARCO customer red grapes

The Southern Farms group is a South African based independent grower and exporter of quality seedless table grapes with a vision that has made them one of the leading growers and exporters to the United Kingdom and Europe.

To continue with their ambitious expansion plans Southern Farms engaged with productivity improvement experts, MARCO to create state of the art pack houses at their five facilities in the Orange River. The purpose of the new investment was to reduce giveaway, increase packing speeds and monitor operator performance with the aim of improving their overall productivity. Prior to the start of last season each pack house had a MARCO Yield Control Module installed and commissioned. This consisted of multiple weighing stations at each site, Efficiency screens, the very latest productivity enhancing software, all controlled wirelessly from a central database. MARCO’s PDC (Production Data Capture) system was also installed which enables the field pickers productivity to be monitored by capturing weight data by field and by team. As a result, overall yield can be assessed through the combination of accumulated data from the field and pack house all summarised on the user-friendly management reports.

MARCO have far exceeded our expectations by delivering a system that not only has delivered the promised reduction in over pack but has also provided a great deal of visibility and control across the whole of our packing operation. This has resulted in a significant uplift in overall productivity.

Morne Steenkamp – Southern Farms Managing Director

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