Sectors - Fresh Produce
Farmers Weekly
Reducing the risk of P. capsici

Capsicums are subject to pathogenic fungi, bacterial diseases and viruses.
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Is your customer king?

It’s said that businesses most likely to survive a recession are those that genuinely believe the ‘customer is king’.
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Preventing powdery mildew in peppers

One of the most difficult diseases to control in capsicums is powdery mildew.
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Managing early fruit set in peppers

Peppers are relatively easy to grow when conditions are suitable. If not, taking the necessary precautions will avoid some problems.
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Food security?

We often hear commentators offering sage counsel on how to market fresh produce successfully in a country as diverse as ours.
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Managing peppers through to maturity

As noted last week, the balance between fruit set and leaf volume can have a major effect on the yield and bearing pattern of a pepper plant through its lifetime.
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Choose your markets

Younger farmers might find it hard to believe that their fathers had essentially one marketing option for fresh produce – the markets.
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Preparing and planting capsicums

Basic fertilisation for capsicums should be adjusted according to a good soil analysis. If you don’t do this, you’ll waste fertiliser and perhaps exacerbate already unbalanced soil fertility.
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Fruit and vegetable production with the neighbours

A few years ago, I wrote about the development of fruit and vegetable production in our neighbouring countries – specifically Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
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Raising capsicum seedlings

Capsicum seedlings need to be treated differently from other kinds of seedling.
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