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Virgin purity of organic olives

Olive farmers Silvana and Richard Atkinson of Waterfall River farm in Franschhoek, Western Cape, won the trophy for the Best Extra-Virgin Olive Oil at the recently held SA Olive Awards in Paarl.

Afgri benefits from better conditions

A healthy recovery in the maize price and a general improvement in the agricultural economic climate have contributed to services company Afgri's growth in the first half of its financial year.

Onion shortage to hit SA following massive hail damage

A national onion shortage and a dramatic increase in prices are expected following a devastating hail storm that recently struck a large onion-­producing area in the Northern Cape.

Fashionable flower trends take root

Local and international flower trends indicate that the South African flower industry has to diversify to meet ever-changing consumer demands.

crops – soilborne diseases

Getting to the root of healthy maize The management of soilborne plant diseases is one of the greatest challenges facing modern agriculture, as Lloyd Phillips discovered during an information day of the KwaZulu-Natal No-Till Club in Bergville.

Wise up to consumer needs

The United Kingdom is one of the most profitable export markets for South African fresh produce and according to Roger Jupe, CEO of the UK public relations and marketing communications company Richmond Towers, there is no reason for this to change. Speaking at the recent allFresh! Conference, he emphasised that it's becoming more important for SA's fresh produce growers to understand what informs consumer demands of the new shopper in the UK. Wilma den Hartigh reports.



SA organic industry shows dramatic growth

Organic farming is one of the fastest-growing disciplines within the local and international agricultural sector, with an estimated annual growth of up to 300% in South Africa, says David Wolstenholme, exhibition director of the Natural and Organic Products Exhibition 2006. Fidelis Zvomuya reports.

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