Vegetable production: Establishing onions using sets

Direct seeding, sets and transplants can be used to establish onions. Direct seeding, using precision planters, is the preferred system for larger plantings. Transplants are less popular because of the high labour cost. Therefore, although expensive, planting sets can be useful for extending the harvesting season. The information given in…

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Drought drives SA’s onion price up

The current drought in South Africa’s (SA) Western Cape Province, as well as less hectares planted in the Northern Cape Province have resulted in lower volumes of onions at fresh produce markets, which has nearly doubled prices. The average onion price for all classes, grades and markets reached R5.22/kg on…

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Vegetable production: The art of cultivating onions

Question: I would like to start growing onions. Do you have any advice? If dried correctly, onions can be stored after harvest until needed or marketed at a time when prices favour the grower. Onions (Allium cepa L.) have been used as food for centuries. They are an important vegetable…

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Once the onions have been lifted, they should not stay on the ground for too long.

Young Mazabuka farmer, Stanford Mweemba, leaps ahead

The youngest son to be born into a farming family in Mazabuka in the Southern Province, Stanford Mweemba (24) is building on the family legacy and taking the farm a level up into the commercial sector. Stanford's two older brothers were not keen on farming and Stanford says his father…

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Zambian government u-turns on agro import ban

The Zambian government has backtracked on banning the import of agricultural produce. The reversal of the ban was confirmed yesterday by Commerce, Trade and Industry permanent secretary Kayula Siame, at a media briefing in Lusaka. Siame said Zambia – being bound by trade protocols of the Common Market for Eastern…

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ZNFU cries foul over cheap agricultural imports

The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) is incensed by the influx of cheap agricultural imports that have flooded the local market. This while an international survey showed multi-national supermarkets in southern Africa were stifling the growth of small-scale farmers. ZNFU president Jervis Zimba says cheap imports are hurting the local…

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