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Omnia is launching a new gel based product range this season that will have considerable benefits for the farmer. In order to determine the needs of producers and their workers, Omnia Nutriology® thoroughly investigated the challenges experienced on farm level.

Producers in the Western Cape are experiencing problems with internal fruit quality on pomegranate. Of this, internal browning is the most problematic and truck loads of fruit are being downgraded and rejected, leading to great losses. Three products which have been shown to decrease disease incidence were selected to test their ability to reduce internal qualty issues. The products were applied at the second flower flush, just before fruit set and again just before fruit enlargement.

Nico Smit, the Omnia agent in the Warmbaths/Waterberg region, decided to test a new foliar programme on beans. Even though this trial wasn't statistical, he achieved remarkable results.

To support the yields achieved in recent times and still ensure quality produce, one cannot afford to neglect having an utterly complete and effective nutritional programme. Secondary and micronutrients form an important and often critical part of such a programme. Omnia specialises in and is well positioned to offer the full secondary and micronutrient package in different forms – from single products to blends, in solid or liquid form, organic or inorganic.

With a growing world population that needs to be fed and an increased social and urban demand for land, it is no wonder that there is an urgent call for a second Green Revolution.

According to criteria recommended by Arnon and Stout in 1939, there are 18 nutritional elements needed by plants for growth. However, these elements need to be available in the soil for the plant to take up.

The uptake of nutrients from the soil is influenced by a number of factors. Some of the most common factors that can limit uptake or availability to plants are soil temperature, pH, fixation of nutrients, root problems or diseases, or even just physical deficiencies of nutrients.

For producers considering using  as a nutrition and irrigation tool, there are certain guidelines regarding the storage and handling of fertilizer. The pump station and application system should meet certain requirements.

The facts and equations remain; by 2050 the world will need to produce 70% more food to feed 9 billion people. In developing countries like Africa, food production will need to double.

The past three decades saw great developments in the intensive crop production industry. The increasing demand for good quality deciduous fruits and vegetables and more effective broad acre production has put greater emphasis on the quality of water soluble fertilizers, specialized liquid fertilizers and foliar products in the market place.