Protecting your crops from disease, pests and weeds has to be done if you want to be able to keep your farm profitable. Deciding how to do this, however, will require that you carefully consider regulations, consumer trends and your individual situation.
South Africa has, like most places, reached a middle ground between using synthetic agrochemicals and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
In order to successfully export crops, farmers need to be aware of the regulations that exist in the countries or trade zones to which they are exporting. It is important that you only use registered chemicals in order to comply.
A great deal of South Africa’s produce gets exported to Europe and so it is necessary for farmers to adhere to the measures for crop protection put in place by the EU.
Major South African supermarkets will also only accept produce that complies with these regulations. It is possible for farmers to contact retailers such as Woolworths in order to get more information about the accepted pesticides and herbicide.
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