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Spanjaard Copper Compound shields nuts and bolts in extreme heat.
This local innovation turns nuisance kitchen waste into a valuable agricultural input.
This takes mere seconds to operate, yet it can prevent vehicle theft and help keep you safe.

Plough for more

Labour minister, Mildred Oliphant, will be visiting KwaZulu-Natal farms on Friday, 21 April, to ensure that employers are complying with the country’s labour laws.
The security manager at Illovo Sugar’s Noodsberg Sugar Mill (NSM) accused of shooting and killing an alleged protestor at the mill in self-defence in early September, was recently released on...
South Africa has for too long been on a trajectory of jobless economic growth and the National Development Plan (NDP) is, in essence, an attempt at directing the way for...
A project aimed at developing emerging farmers over the next five years was recently unveiled during a farmers’ day in Vastfontein near Pretoria.
South Africa has resumed live cattle exports to Namibia, following the issuing of revised import documentation by that country’s authorities.
South African apple exports into Africa are growing at a faster rate than anticipated – and although exports to the UK are declining, SA will not readily relinquish this important...
Feeling let down by government policing efforts, a group of farmers in rural KwaZulu-Natal have established their own innovative and successful system to fight stock theft between the province and...

Land Bank: back on track

In its recently released annual financial report, Land Bank announced that its finances were in good shape. Chief financial officer Lebogang Serithi shared the institution’s recipe for success with Peter...
Global warming can be slowed if governments agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says Dr Bob Scholes, ecologist at the CSIR’s Natural Resources and Environment Division.

On being white:

A conversation with the author of a fascinating new book on Zimbabwe's commercial farmers.
Desbo Mohono, formerly human settlement MEC in North West, was appointed the province’s new MEC for agriculture on 4 May 2012. She shared her plans for the next 18 months...
Government is increasingly calling for public and private collaboration to facilitate development in South Africa’s agricultural sectors. Stakeholders in a KwaZulu-Natal sugar cane growing co-operative have taken this call to...
Dear Jonno We need help with the design of our new home in eMacambini on the KZN North Coast near the Amatikulu Nature Reserve. The site, about 1 000m2, is...

Better beef stroganoff

It’s seems that Baron Stroganoff, inventor of this recipe, was a real person and not some fairy tale Russian chef. But something tells me that this version is even better...
Dear Jonno At long last, we are now preparing to build a house on our game farm near Modimolle. Thank you for the drawings, they are almost perfect. However there...

Frittata wedges

A classic - with a delicious mushroomy twist.
Jonno designs a natural farm-style house with stone and wood for Tina.

Minestrone

Winter is already knocking on the door. What better way to fight the cold than a delicious, steaming bowl of minestrone? Nothing can equal the flavour and aroma of this...
Climatic conditions dictate where species such as trout, tilapia and catfish can be farmed as well as the threat they pose to our natural environment.

Feeding rules – Part 2

Last issue Kim Dyson covered the basics of feeding your horse. This week, she looks at how much to feed your equine sidekick.
For four generations, the Jordaan family has been dedicated to advancing the Boer goat breed.
Boer goat stud breeder Johan Boshoff uses production data as a valuable tool to breed a new generation of goats to take his herd, the breed, and the industry forward....
Thomas Smit offers some tips on how to breed quality pigeons by helping nature along.
Our dry climate means that young horses often are not used to crossing streams and even large puddles, but with a little patience you can show them how.
If you believe natural is best, then inoculate your soil with the right mix of root fungi or mycorrhizae, says habitat planner Ben Breedlove. They can help in crop production,...

Think about it!

I’m not against a farmer supplying direct to a supermarket. I am, however, not in favour of a farmer giving everything to a supermarket. This can rebound on a farmer...
"With onions, in the early stages, you need just enough nitrogen to keep the colour of the leaves right."
DJ van der Linde, the 2016 Free State Young Farmer of the Year, maintains that an optimistic attitude can make the difference between success and failure in farming. The young...

Learn from history

Fresh produce markets have an interesting history. Go back more than 150 years and you’ll find a person called the market master who worked for the local municipality and also...

Protecting farmers

One of the stipulations of Act 12 of the 1992 Agricultural Produce Agents Act is that a market agency must comply with the requirements of the Agricultural Produce Agents Council...

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