Sectors - Fresh Produce
What lies ahead for the fresh produce sector?

Talking to market agents these days can be quite depressing. In the past, there were always people you could rely on to give you a more positive view of current issues on the markets or in the sector in general.
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Planning for the season

Growing vegetables involves multi-tasking. I covered the importance of getting the timing right in my previous article.
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Lessons from Vito

Vito Rugani always used to say, “Remember the power of the brand!” A legend on the markets,
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Timing makes a big difference in farming

While working for a large seed company, I once had a chat with one of the directors, a financial fundi who contributed to steering the company in the right direction.
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Why violent strikes?

I’m not privy to the inside story on the strikes experienced in the fruit sector recently. According to what I’ve read, Dutoit Group in the Western Cape and Umbhaba Bananas in Mpumalanga have been at the forefront of the current wave.
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Vegetable production in a competitive market

Growing vegetables is highly competitive, demanding and arguably the most difficult branch of agriculture in which to succeed, especially for new entrants.
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Ugly fruit and veg can be beautiful

The move to stock ‘almost perfect’ fruit and vegetables has for many years been an obsession in supermarkets abroad.
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Better plant survival and germination in hot, dry conditions

Previously, I described how the high mineral content of borehole water could cause mineral build-up on leaf surfaces, with consequences for the application of chemicals.
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Never a dull moment in the fresh produce sector!

I’ve often written in this column about how stimulating the fresh produce sector can be.
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Growing in hot and dry conditions – Part 1

Here are some guidelines for growing vegetables under drought conditions.
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How are you coping with the current drought?
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Last week's poll
Have you ever applied for a grant from government?
Yes, and had no success in getting it. (17.15%)
No, there is too much red tape involved. (23.72%)
Yes, I have been granted funding for my farming operation. (10.58%)
I would apply if I knew where to do so. (48.54%)
Yes, and had no success in getting it. (17.15 %) No, there is too much red tape involved. (23.72 %) Yes, I have been granted funding for my farming operation. (10.58 %) I would apply if I knew where to do so. (48.54 %) Yes, and had no success in getting it. (17.15 %) No, there is too much red tape involved. (23.72 %) Yes, I have been granted funding for my farming operation. (10.58 %) I would apply if I knew where to do so. (48.54 %)
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