Sectors - Fresh Produce
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Growing onions- Part 1

Records show that people have been harvesting onions for about 7 000 years. The Egyptians were cultivating them around 3500BC, and used onions to treat many medical conditions.
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Dealing with a market agent

Warren Buffet, one of the world’s richest men, is reputed to have said: “Look for three things in a person – intelligence, energy and integrity. If they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two.”
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Beware those aphids in your cabbage crop

The recent announcement that aphids and not leaf hoppers are the vector for the spread of the brassica stunting disorder virus (BSD) makes sense.
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Quality always wins

As noted last issue, the old control boards called the shots when it came to determining prices, because they also determined supply.
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How to water-treat seed

It is sometimes advisable to treat seed in order to remove a pathogen, or as a precaution before sowing. For example, capsicums (chillies and peppers) often suffer from bacterial spot, a highly destructive disease that usually appears only on the growing crop well after transplanting.
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New control boards?

The old control boards in the fresh produce sector did good work in some areas, but ended up with a rather dismal record in other aspects.
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Ensuring good germination

Germination is influenced by various factors, starting with the temperature of the growing medium.
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Wise words from Deon van Zyl

I was delighted to read Wilma den Hartigh’s interview with Deon van Zyl on tactics to achieve successful sales on markets.
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Striving for a happy medium

There is no single ‘ideal’ method for growing seedlings successfully and economically – conditions vary too much – but there are guidelines that can help a newcomer get it right in a shorter time.
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Fresh produce markets: how far we have come

I wrote my first column for Farmer’s Weekly 15 years ago and today I’m about to embark on #750.
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This week's poll
Do you think there are equal opportunities for women & men in the South African agri sector?
No, a lot still needs to change
Yes, much progress has been made to empower women in agriculture
The playing field is slowly levelling out
Last week's poll
Have you received any aid or assistance for drought relief?
Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78%)
No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34%)
I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %) I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %)
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