Zambian avocado growers eye SA market

Zambian avocado growers are negotiating with South African buyers to export Hass avocado to South Africa. Avocado Growers Association of Zambia (AGAZ) chairperson Smart Lungu says local farmers can produce 40 000 tons of avocado to satisfy the demand in South Africa. “Negotiations to export to South Africa are advanced.…

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Wheel sprayer guarantees accurate application of weed-killer

This farming enterprise has eradicated back-breaking weeding by using a wheel sprayer and back-pack that applies the herbicide directly onto the weeds – at the same time ensuring that the weed-killer doesn’t end up on their avocado trees. At the Allesbeste Farming enterprise outside Tzaneen in the Limpopo province of…

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‘What I learnt from the greatest tomato farmer in the southern hemisphere’

Michael Cordes, marketing specialist from South Africa, talks about important lessons he learnt from the late Bertie van Zyl of ZZ2 farming, probably the biggest field-grown tomato operation in the southern hemisphere. MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES Smallholder farmers are always on the lookout for opportunities to grow and expand their…

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A new avocado approach takes root

When the management of Amorentia Estate and Nursery near Tzaneen realised they had to replace their 35-year-old avocado trees, they confronted the reality that faces avocado growers across southern Africa. There is such a shortage of avocado plant material, that farmers have to wait many years for new trees. In…

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