Sectors - Fresh Produce
So, what’s a fair price?

Getting paid a fair price for a product is surely uppermost in all farmers’ minds. Having said that, what is a fair price?
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Planting swiss chard

With Swiss chard, the cork-like ‘capsule’ that you plant is actually the fruit, which contains up to four seeds.
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Know your spinach variants

Chard (Beta vulgaris) is also known as ‘Swiss chard’, ‘silver beet’, ‘mangold’ and other names. In South Africa it is usually referred to simply as ‘spinach’.
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Packaging: get it right!

Finding ways to minimise the high cost of packaging is an ongoing challenge.
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What is spinach?

The term ‘spinach’ refers to different species in different countries. In South Africa, there are two common species that we call ‘spinach’ – Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris) and baby spinach (Spinacia oleracea).
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A culture of care

This is not the first time in this column that I’ve addressed the crucial need for care.
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Regulating nitrogen in vegetable crops

Farmers have long been advised to use standard fertiliser mixtures for crops as a matter of course.
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Wish list for election time

Dreams of money flowing in from government to rejuvenate our markets have partly been realised over the past year.
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Wonder products

In Weimar Germany back in the 1920s, Dr Max Gerson developed what he claimed was a cure for cancer based on the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables.
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Selecting the right nitrogen fertiliser

When it comes to vegetables, choosing the right nitrogen fertiliser is extremely important. For many US agronomists, ammonium sulphate is the fertiliser of choice.
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Do you think there is a future for smallscale farming in SA?
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Minister Nkwinti's proposal to landowners to give 50% of their farms to farmworkers is...
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Will benefit land reform. (41.84 %) Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68 %) Mathematically impossible. (5.26 %) Will threaten food security. (39.21 %) Will benefit land reform. (41.84 %) Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68 %) Mathematically impossible. (5.26 %) Will threaten food security. (39.21 %)
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