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Horticultural articles

Field grown tomatoes – the basics

Basic horticulture of growing tomatoes The common tomato or scientifically classified as Solanaceae Lycopersicon lycopersicum (L) Karst. ex Farw. is one of the most popular ...
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Fresh produce marketing

Marketing of the final product is a complex dynamic as it evolves over time. Not all buyers will stay in business and most of them ...
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Horticultural sectors

The horticultural industry is a complicated network of intensive businesses that all seek to obtain a slice of the horticultural pie. The South African agricultural ...
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Life cycle of a product

The life cycle of a product has four distinctive stages; Introduction, growth, maturity and decline.  During each of these stages the marketing costs of promoting ...
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Marketing of horticultural products

Marketing is the distribution, promotion and direction of horticultural products or services to your customers.  Marketing includes a wide range of activities and starts at ...
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Packaging and grading of vegetables

Vegetables are sold in various from of packaging depending on the quality and quantity of the product and the price the farmer would like to ...
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Quality of vegetable crops

Quality is one of those elusive characteristics upon which so much depends but about which is so little known.  The number of definitions for quality ...
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The marketing system

When Jan van Riebeeck landed in the Cape on the 6th April 1652, one of the first priorities was to establish a vegetable industry to ...
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Solving the mystery of the two main types of tomato plants

Solving the mystery of the two main types of tomato plants Indeterminate tomato varieties will grow 'forever'.  So they can grow over two seasons. Determinate ...
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Harvesting field tomatoes

Harvesting field grown tomatoes is a labour intensive process.  Unlike processing tomatoes which can be harvested mechanically, field grown trellised tomatoes has to be harvested ...
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