Some good news, some bad

'I see three previously disadvantaged farmers, but not one commercial farmer, market agent or buyer on the panel. They account for most of a turnover exceeding R8 billion and they...

Probing & prodding

Most farmers don't pay enough attention to what's happening in the soil. We usually take our soils for granted - we only monitor the chemical composition, if that, and often...

Restructuring the fresh-produce market

Depending on which side of the fence you are on, 13 August proved to be a watershed day in the fresh-produce market sector.

Growing lettuce for the home garden – part 1

Leafy greens like lettuce is an important part of most people's diets, especially as we approach the warmer months and salads return to our menus.

Organically grown vegetables VS conventionally grown vegetables

The answer is yes and no. IT depends. A prime benefit of organic produce is that it's free of pesticide residue, which is blamed for the progressive increase in cancer.

Joint venture at Durban Fresh Produce Market

Something quite significant has happened on the Durban market. I recently contributed to a week's training session there for prospective salespeople. The significance is that this was a joint venture...

Can marigolds really control eelworm?

Studies have found that marigolds increase the populations of nematode-trapping fungi, and other fungi that attack and destroy eelworm eggs.

More about credit sales

Last week I gave A broad view of the issues surrounding credit sales on fresh-produce markets.
Tunnel farming with cucumbers methods for success

Tunnel farming with cucumbers methods for success

Moving from 600ha in Underberg to a 2ha tunnel farm in Margate involved a major leap of faith for Lewis and Charmaine Alcock. Today, they have reach peak production with...

Marigolds don’t control eelworm

Reading about using marigolds to suppress eelworms piqued my curiosity, so when the opportunity arose, I tried it for myself.

Understanding nitrogen fertilisation in vegetables – part 3

Different vegetables require a "push" at different stages, which is why it is important to understand how nitrogen works in the soil, and its subsequent availability.

Why the commission system?

The debate about which is more desirable, commission- or wholesale-selling of fresh produce, has bounced around the industry for years.


R32 million investment in Kenya’s small-scale farmers

R32 million investment in Kenya’s small-scale farmers

Agri-technology company Devenish Nutrition, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has announced a £1,7 million (about R32 million) investment in agri-services company Sidai Africa based in Kenya.
Calamari and salsa

Calamari and salsa

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