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Making monoculture work

Analyse crop rotation and consider monoculture, writes Bill Kerr.
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Enabling good value between farmer and agent

At a recent conference, Tommie van Zyl, CEO of the ZZ2 group, talked about the agency system being a good ‘enabler’, and his remarks got me thinking.
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Choose the right onion variety

Choosing the right type of onion can be difficult, as the variety has to suit both the area and the planting seasons.
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Fresh produce markets and politics

Regular readers of this column will know that I am strongly opposed to political interference in markets.
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Planting dates for onions

One of the challenges of growing onions is getting the planting date right. Farmers unfamiliar with this crop would expect to plant it earlier in cool areas and later in warm areas. In fact, the opposite is true.
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Continuity of supply to the markets

One of the basic tenets of good marketing is to always ensure you have your product available and in front of the buyer’s eyes. Admittedly, that’s easier said than done, especially for a farmer.
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Durban market introduces first ‘cash deposit device’

Congratulations to Durban market for introducing the ‘cash deposit device’. The first of its kind in a South African market, this enables buyers to deposit cash directly into their accounts at the market at any time.
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Learning about onion production

Records show that people have been harvesting onions for about 7 000 years. The Egyptians were cultivating them around 3500BC, and used onions to treat many medical conditions.
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Dealing with a market agent

Warren Buffet, one of the world’s richest men, is reputed to have said: “Look for three things in a person – intelligence, energy and integrity. If they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two.”
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Beware those aphids in your cabbage crop

The recent announcement that aphids and not leaf hoppers are the vector for the spread of the brassica stunting disorder virus (BSD) makes sense.
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Have you received any aid or assistance for drought relief?
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I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54%)
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