Sectors - Fresh Produce
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Getting your green beans off to a good start

Green bean farming in South Africa has changed considerably over the past twenty years or so. Not long ago, beans were planted and weeded by hand.
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Selling produce: the best options

I always remind the market agents whom I train that when it comes to marketing options, they are one of eight available to a farmer.
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Green beans: the basics

Green and dry beans are the same species, Phaseolus vulgaris. The scarlet runner (P.coccineus) which is still popular in many countries as a home garden variety, is a different species and will not cross with P. vulgaris by conventional methods.
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Career path in agriculture

Agriculture has never been considered a ‘sexy’ career choice for young people. So full marks must go to the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) for its initiative, launched a few years ago, to attract young people into the broader agricultural community.
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The Bathsheba Syndrome

Recently, I read an interesting article entitled ‘The Bathsheba Syndrome: the ethical failure of successful leaders,’ by Dean Ludwig and Clinton Longenecker.
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Growing broccoli

Many of the techniques described for cabbage and cauliflower apply to broccoli.
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Can the fresh produce markets survive?

In the 1940s, there were about 135 fresh produce markets scattered around South Africa. Almost every dorp had a market.
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Cauliflower production

Growing cauliflower is very similar to growing cabbage.
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Co-operative marketing

Farmers around the world use some form of co-operative marketing to sell their fresh fruit and vegetables.
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A new, very dangerous cabbage disease

As if a cabbage farmer does not have enough to contend with, a destructive new disease is currently doing the rounds.
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