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Feb 21, 2014

Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Affairs says some of the products made from the indigenous marula fruit are being sold on international markets.

The department is making final preparations for the annual Marula Festival in Phalaborwa this weekend.

The festival is about celebrating the Marula drink and to showcase products made from the fruit.

The department's co-ordinator for the festival, Moses Ngobeni, says six co-operatives that are run by rural women are harvesting the fruit to brew marula beer and producing ointments.

Ngobeni says they export to countries such as Italy and the United States.

Ronicah Mashele from Phosani Co-operative is one of the 150 women who are producing oil from marula in Phalaborwa.

She says they are able to take care of their families with the proceeds from the co-operative.

“We are now busy brewing  marula beer, after that will take the nuts to Makhushwane secondary cooperative and extract oil from the nuts.  We started in 2012, in July. This project is helping us a lot. We are now able to put bread on the table for our families and we have gained the knowledge on how the indigenous fruit can help the nation.”

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