Vegetables

Communication is key between farmer and market agent

The early part of the year is probably a good time to remind farmers about their responsibiliti...

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Spraying tips: Don’t mix chemicals

When spraying different pests at the same time, many farmers try to kill two birds with one sto...

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Don’t forget to pay Freshmark Systems

Almost every fresh produce market in South Africa has a licensing agreement with Freshmark Syst...

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Getting nozzle size and pressure right

As pointed out previously, the key to successful pest and disease control is optimal penetratio...

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Safety at markets

Occupational health and safety (OHS) play a crucial role in the workplace. So much so, that the...

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Making an effective spray mixture

There is more to a spray mixture than chemical product and water. You also need an adjuvant –...

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Reasons to be proud of our farmers

So today I’m offering a general optimistic comment on South Africa’s farmers that I hope wi...

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How to calibrate a spray rig

All too often, I come across farmers who are not accurate enough with their sprayer calibration...

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Is the Hamilton Option still relevant today?

When Charles Hamilton left his post as CEO of Cape Town Market in the early part of the new mil...

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Using a knapsack sprayer on a big farm

Many farmers think that using a knapsack sprayer is taking a step backwards as large spray rigs...

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Adapting to change within the markets

Had I written this 15 or more years ago, I would have bemoaned the attitude of market agents an...

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How to ensure effective crop spraying

Non-systemic products have to be sprayed thoroughly to be effective. This applies particularly ...

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Allegations of collusion at fresh produce markets

The Competition Commission recently raided the offices of nine market agencies at the Johannes...