Crop production: Get the most from your fertiliser

It is possible to increase profitability and reduce risk if you use fertiliser to best effect on your farm. Increasingly expensive input costs are always of concern to farmers and efficient fertilisers and fertilising practices will help them to cope with this challenge. Also read: Farm management: Controlling input costs…

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Crop production: How to use kraal manure as fertiliser for your crops

Plants, just like animals,  need food to grow, and they obtain this food or nutrients from the soil. As a farmer, you should continuously feed the soil to keep your plants healthy, to help them to fight pests and disease and to ensure good yields. Most farmers provide their “plant food”…

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How to lower the pH of your soil

The pH level of your soil influences the availability of nutrients to plants in the soil. If the pH levels move beyond the optimal range of about 6 (slightly acidic) and 7.5 (slightly alkaline), your plants will have difficulty to absorb certain nutrients and deficiencies will occur, ultimately affecting the…

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Angolan food lab refuses to analyse fertiliser containing human excreta

Angola’s Central Agro-Food Laboratory has refused a request to do a safety analysis on samples of raw sewage taken from a Chinese-owned vegetable farm that uses human faeces as a fertiliser. The call for an examination of the sewage samples followed public outcry over the biosafety of vegetable products from…

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