Sectors - Fresh Produce
Producer complicity?

In the previous issue, I wrote about justice being done when a market agent, Vian Coleske, was sent to prison for fraud affecting producers and others.
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Fungal diseases of lettuce

The following fungal diseases are fairly common in lettuce.
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Market agent fraud

When a market agent is caught defrauding a farmer, a long and complex legal process is put in motion. Yet often it seems as if nothing is being achieved.
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When lettuce goes viral

We focus on spotted wilt and lettuce mosaic virus. Both can be controlled, and even avoided, with the correct agronomic practices.
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Visit the market!

I hammer on about the importance of farmers visiting the market whenever there is an opportunity.
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Dealing with thrips and the pea leaf miner

The pea leaf miner (Liriomyza huidobrensis) probably originated in South America.
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The Produce Marketing Association welcomes new representative

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) recently announced the resignation of Marianne van der Laarse as its Southern Africa representative.
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Take the guesswork out of spraying

Bearing in mind the cost of spray materials and the chance you won’t get the desired effect, you must take great care to apply the correct amount of active ingredient per hectare.
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Answer these 3 questions before planting vegetables

What should you ask yourself when deciding which vegetables to plant? Vegetable expert Bill Kerr explains.
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Economical pest control

Having already addressed bollworms, this week we discuss the control of aphid, cutworm and leaf miner in lettuce crops.
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