Vegetables

Common onion diseases to watch out for

A number of onion diseases are highly destructive and all prospective onion growers can benefit...

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Staying competitive at the markets

I paid an early morning visit to the Joburg Market recently. It was an icy Tuesday, and the pla...

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Cutworm and thrips – common onion pests

The infamous cutworm occurs in all vegetable crops, including onions, yet still seems to catch ...

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Are market agents relevant?

Those who believe that market agents are no longer relevant remind us that more than 50 years...

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Marketing options for small-scale onion growers

For the small-scale onion grower, it pays to stay in production as long as possible in order to...

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Excelling at customer services

Four years ago, the Imasa introduced an award for a market, market agency or fresh produce-rela...

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How to correctly fertilise onions

Fertilising vegetables is not like baking a cake, where we get a consistent result as long as w...

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Quality skills at the markets

In days gone by, it was common practice for a youngster to work alongside his father or uncle i...

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Is ‘ugly produce’ a new trend?

‘Ugly produce’, it seems, is finding its way onto retail shelves around the world....

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The cavity seedling option

An alternative to the traditional seedbed method for transplants is to use seedling trays. One ...

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Value vs price

To many farmers and market agents, price is all that matters. Of course price is important, but...

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Understanding plant breeders rights

I’ve met a few senior people in the fresh-produce sector who don’t know what plant breeders...

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Volatile rand to continue putting pressure on agri prices

Exchange rate fluctuations will continue to influence commodity prices in 2017 and could create ...