Sectors - Fresh Produce
Undermining the market

Driving into the Cape Town or Port Elizabeth markets, you will see rows of people selling apples, oranges, potatoes and other products.
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Learning to live with the beet cyst nematode

The cyst nematode (eelworm) get its name from the hardened cyst that it forms to protect its eggs.
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Gathering momentum for the markets

There was a time, more than 50 years ago, when fresh produce markets enjoyed a market share of 80% or more. This is an ‘educated guess’ based on my own experience.
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Some important green bean pests

Of the pests that damage beans, perhaps the best known is the bollworm.
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Market agents and buyers

Market agents are taught from day one that the producer is their main client – and rightly so. It’s the producer who pays their commission. But what about the other side of the coin – the buyer?
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Other important fungal leaf diseases in green beans

The most well-known fungal disease in beans is rust (Uromyces phaseoli). But it has become less of a problem due mainly to the emergence of resistant bean varieties.
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Success for Mooketsi Market

I recently made my third visit to the relatively new Mooketsi Regional Market north-east of Polokwane in Limpopo, and came away almost in awe.
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Avoid bacterial diseases in green beans

Bacterial diseases are a menace to all crops, because unlike the case with fungal diseases, we have few means of controlling them.
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Behaviour at the markets

I often chuckle inwardly when I’m on a market floor listening to a negotiation between the salesperson and a buyer. The exchange frequently differs dramatically from what I teach about customer relations.
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Controlling weeds in green beans

Given the high cost of labour, using chemicals is the only realistic option for weed control in most crops.
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