What would summer be like in Mzansi without a tangy mango? Since these fruit trees are able to thrive in such a diverse variety of climatic circumstances, from hot and humid to cold and dry climates, they are an excellent crop for beginner farmers as well as for those looking to diversify their agricultural operations.
In this episode, we chat with Khuliso Madima, a Limpopo mango farmer.
Madima says that it takes three years to prepare mango trees for harvesting. On a smaller scale, though, one might begin with seedlings rather than trees. However, in a farm setting, one would need to grow trees.
Your trees must be crafted by an authorised nursery, she explains. Crafted trees develop faster and help with harvesting time. Since mango is a subtropical fruit, it requires a warm but not very hot temperature.
“There must be good rainfall and it must be hot, but not extremely hot. The tree tolerates up to 48 degrees, but the ideal temperature is 24 to 30 degrees.”
Climate conditions for mango trees
Climate change has an effect on trees by causing them to blossom earlier. She adds that growing mango trees necessitates soil and fertiliser needs.
Madima advises that the land should be slightly sloped for the irrigation operation and says that it is capital-intensive. The spraying programme is the most capital-intensive aspect, and if you miss it, the ultimate results may not satisfy market standards, she says.
Catching up with a #SoilSista
#SoilSista Mbali Ngcobo is also featured in this episode. She shares her background and experiences in agriculture.
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