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The South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SA Hunters) has proposed a number of amendments to the norms and standards for controlling damage-causing animals under the National Environmental Management,...
The most frustrating aspect of the current status of the land reform process is the total lack of any clear plan or vision for the road ahead.

Coffee with Mantashe

I was recently paid a visit by an Eastern Cape farmer who is an ardent reader of the Farmer’s Weekly. You might know him better as the secretary-general of the...
World’s seed bank safe after water scare

World’s seed bank safe after water scare

No damage has been caused to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault or its seed stock following reports of water intrusion into the doomsday storage facility in Norway.
Japan’s new approach to farming without soil

Japan’s new approach to farming without soil

Japanese experts have made a breakthrough in agricultural technology, using polymer film to grow food.
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Remote monitoring provides data on water quality

A satellite-based programme run by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is monitoring water productivity and identifying water productivity gaps, according to an FAO press release.

Plough for more

Mining giant Exxaro Resources has responded to allegations that it has drained sensitive wetlands at its mining operations at Leeuwpan coal mine, near Delmas in Mpumalanga, saying their mining activities...
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has named 2014 the International Year of Family Farming.
Citrus growers in the Western Cape are optimistic about this year’s season, despite the devastating drought currently experienced by the province
The South African Milk Processors’ Oraganisation (SAMPRO) said the raw milk price index rose 59% in the past 41 months (January 2007 to May 2010) while dairy product prices rose...
Fuel prices decreased by about 89c/l for 93-octane petrol and 62,5c/l for 0,05% sulphur diesel at the start of July‚ as announced by the Department of Energy.
Indonesia recently issued a moratorium on the conversion of peatland in order to curb carbon emissions from drained or burnt wetlands, according to a statement issued by Nirarta Samadhi, director...
Transport costs and traditions have made it difficult for communal farmers to play a major role in the commercial livestock industry. In KwaZulu-Natal, this situation is changing as auctioneers mobilise...
The Onverwacht community, with support from Food and Trees for Africa, an international NGO, has opted for a more sustainable solution than RDP housing to improve their lives. Peter Mashala...
Five years ago, Beefmaster Feedlot near Christiana embarked on a strategy to encompass the entire value chain. Today, its operations extend from producing feed to selling its meat at retail...
Beneficiaries of Rietspruit farm in Heidelberg, Gauteng, have formed partnerships with the former farm owners who are providing hands-on training and mentorship support programmes to help develop the emerging producers...
The drought during the past summer grain production season could result in cash flow restraints for grain producers. At the same time, livestock management has become increasingly important for mitigating...
Buyambo Mantashe is hip, urban and a 24-year-old Joburger-turned-farmer. Orrock Robertsen caught up with him on his family farm in the Eastern Cape to get his views on land reform...

Ginger and honey cake

Baking is complex or simple, depending on how you’re feeling on the day. The food I cook is mostly very simple. Baking, on the other hand, is full of mysteries....
Mastering the stir-fry is what you should be doing in your post-braaivlei phase of development.
Dear Jonno I want to convert a 12m x 25m x 4,5m steel shed into a house for myself. Each pitched side has a mezzanine floor 5m wide. The idea...
Gill, Adele and Dick gave me a call to see the proposed development site on their 5000ha game farm near Vryburg.
Here’s a meal from the great folk who gave us the Roman Empire, Luciano Pavarotti, Ferrari sports cars, and some of the strangest Test rugby known to modern man.
In 2004 Adriaan Badenhorst and Angela Metcalf quit their jobs as guides on the Orange River and moved to an abandoned trading station near Maclear in the Eastern Cape to...
Protein and energy deficiencies have been reported from many areas of the country. If early spring and summer rains do not fall, many areas will face food shortages. Start planning...
The legendary Wauldby Dohne Merino Stud from the Amabele area near Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape was founded by Deemie Blaine in 1947. Mike Burgess visited Blaine’s grandson, Robbie, a...

Greyling’s greats

Thomas Smit continues to profile veteran fancier Hannes Greyling, whose superstars come up for auction soon
Few people can claim to HAVE developed a recipe that's helped optimise rumen activity on low-protein, unpalatable, lignified sour veld. But Australia's Terry McCosker is one such person.

Pigeon theft!

Since an overwhelming number of rich racing pigeon fanciers have entered the sport over the last few years, cash prize money in SA has rocketed into the millions.
Australian researchers believe a move towards clean, green and ethical sheep and wool production could improve productivity, profitability and promote a more modern image of the industry.
Paddy de Vries, national technical advisor for Hygrotech, talks to Nan Smith about basic fertigation techniques for tunnel farming.
Reading about using marigolds to suppress eelworms piqued my curiosity, so when the opportunity arose, I tried it for myself.
Tobacco producer, Peter Kok, says that tobacco is a cash crop that can assist diversification and expansion.

Make it work

Last week I wrote about the all-important fiduciary relationship between producer and market agent. Now I’d like to offer a few suggestions to both parties as to how to make...

Leadership for markets

In his excellent book ,In the Driving Seat – Lessons in Leadership, Brand Pretorius quotes Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric: “Before you become a leader, success is all...

Banana wars?

Shortly after the Second World War, a ‘Banana War’ erupted between the small producer countries in the Caribbean and the supermarkets, which were starting to flex their buying muscle.

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