Sectors - Fresh Produce
Global roundup from the fresh produce sector

I subscribe to a selection of newsletters from overseas that keep me in the loop with what’s happening on the international fresh produce scene. What happens abroad frequently affects our fresh produce sector at home.
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Getting the land ready for cabbages

The first consideration when preparing land for cabbage is to get the soil’s nutrient content right.
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APAC: Protecting your money

The Agricultural Produce Agents Council (APAC) was established in 1992 in terms of the Agricultural Produce Agents Act.
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Choose the right cabbage seedlings!

The seedling is the start of a very valuable crop and the stand and speed of initial growth will have a significant effect on profit.
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The quality equation

I recently conducted a training session on marketing for a group of small-scale farmers. As always, it was a pleasure to do so because they were eager to learn.
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Fresh Produce sector faces challenges

Challenge. I hope that my readers will regard this word in a positive way, instead of as something to be dreaded. I say this because the fresh produce sector faces numerous challenges.
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Weevils & other sweet potato pests

The sweet potato weevil (Cylas spp) is arguably the most destructive pest of this crop.
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Fresh produce sector : More change for the better

The rapid changes that we witness every day in the world are well-documented, but I remain constantly intrigued by them.
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Irrigation & pest control in sweet potatoes

For sweet potato runners to root, the soil around the plants must be moist. Usually, the irrigation applied just after planting will be enough, but this depends on soil type and weather conditions.
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Sweet potatoes after planting

Sweet potatoes are highly adaptable when it comes to soil type. I have grown this crop commercially in soils ranging from sandy to a very heavy clay.
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