The rising cost of seeds and other input materials necessitates that modern vegetable farmers choose their nursery supplier with care.
Farmers worldwide acknowledge the fact that profitable vegetable production begins by using good quality seedlings as the first step in achieving a successful crop. Since the inherent traits of seedlings cannot be improved during the growing process, farmers should be mindful of the well proven adage: “Prevention is better than cure”. It is vitally important that they determine that their supplier uses only quality seed to produce the best seedlings consistently.
Farmers who plant with seedlings rather than seed experience numerous benefits, especially in times of drought including:
- Restricted losses: Losses of expensive seed are minimized with effective use of plugs since the 2-3 week germination period in the field does not occur. Germination losses in harsh climatic conditions such as extreme heat are overcome. Choosing a professional nursery and quality seedlings will maximize the seeds potential.
Necessity has always been the main force driving innovation in the world. Intensive agriculture practices provides many examples, such as the cucumbers growing industry. High demand in the markets, fast crop cycle and two or more cycles per year places this crop as one of the most intensive in the vegetable growing industry.
Hishtil South Africa, as part of the world renowned nursery brand Hishtil International, was founded in 2007 in Mooketsi, Limpopo, South Africa
With the vision of becoming a leading and innovative nursery firm and to expand its Southern African operations, a second facility was established in Riebeek West in the Western Cape.
Being on the forefront of technological advances in agriculture, Hishtil SA has been conducting extensive trails over the country with grafted watermelon seedlings. Feedback from growers shows consistently that they are experiencing better disease tolerance as well as increased yields and fruit quality.