Why farmers need to be marketeers

It’s your job to find unique ways of adding value to your products to drive up profits. The Bravocado is a pack of three avocados at different stages of ripeness: one ready to eat today, one ready in a day or two and another at the end of the week. Here we have packaging creativity from Chinese importer-distributor Shanghai Supafresh at its best. While the marketing brilliance comes from China, the technology to grade avocados into different stages of ripeness originates with the 125-year-old Lowveld farming business HL Hall &…

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Counting the cost of your farm

Farm input costs include items such as feed, labour and machinery. The following general cost input terms are useful in calculating precisely how much your farm costs you to run. Understanding these simple and general cost input terms will help you to calculate exactly how much your farming enterprise costs you to run. Input costs include items needed in your production process, such as labour, fertiliser and tractor fuel. Imputed charges (or costs) These represent the value of benefits enjoyed by the farm, or an enterprise on the farm, during…

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They call the Third World the lazy man’s purview

This article was penned by Field Ruwe. He is a US-based Zambian media practitioner and author. He is a PhD candidate with a B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism, and an M.A. in History. They call the Third World the lazy man’s purview; the sluggishly slothful and languorous prefecture. In this realm people are sleepy, dreamy, torpid, lethargic, and therefore indigent—totally penniless, needy, destitute, poverty-stricken, disfavored, and impoverished. In this demesne, as they call it, there are hardly any discoveries, inventions, and innovations. Africa is the trailblazer. Some still call…

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The main objectives of The 1873 Network

The main objectives of the THE 1873 NETWORK are: To identify, document and showcase Africa’s corporate rich heritage; To provide a platform for the exchange of ideas, experiences and insights on Africa’s challenges and opportunities; To be an advocate for the interests of members on issues that are critical to raise the corporate flag of Africa; To promote the participation of Africans in shaping and defining the agenda for action to make Africa live up to its promise; To assist in building Africa’s capacity to fund the documentation of its…

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The 1873 Network Values

WE BELIEVE THAT: All men are created equal. They are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are liberty, life and pursuit to happiness. The individual is a driver of change. Life has no meaning and purpose without faith in the Creator. The sovereignty of nations is less important than the brotherhood of man. Economic freedom can best be won by sovereign humans through a market system. To secure the intended rights of men, governments are instituted among men and they derive their just powers from the…

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