With Lowveld farmers preparing to go into the Winter Maize Planting, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding the planting of green mealies due to one of the worst pests of maize, the fall army worm (FAW). With the high costs of preventing its control, it makes growing green mealies not viable or reduced profitability. This has serious adverse consequences on the entire value chain for suppliers, retailers, and farmers, on the input supply chains; and vendors, hawkers and road- side marketers along the roads in the output markets.
Food safety refers to the conditions and practices that preserve the quality of food to prevent contamination and foodborne illnesses. The World Health Organization educates consumers about the importance of safe food handling and how to reduce the risks associated with foodborne illness. A great majority of people will experience foodborne diseases at some point in their lives.
One of the country’s leading baby vegetable exporters, Sdemane has secured markets in Europe and South Africa. According to the Public Enterprises Unit (PEU) quarterly report, Sdemane has a target to produce eight metric tones of baby vegetables per month.