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A partnership built on pineapples & a promise

Hluhluwe’s first black, queen pineapple grower has enormous support from his mentor and staff – but a lack of financial continuity from government could upend their best efforts.
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Hands-on apple success in the Greyton district

Greyton is not known as an apple-growing area. Yet here, the farm Ouplaas boasts profitable apple orchards, thanks to organic compost and hands-on management. Nonetheless, heavy summer rains required smart management to save the 2014 crop.
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Cultivating pseudo-grains in South Africa

The NuGrainSA Consortium introduced pseudo-grains to South Africa in 2013. Plant breeder at ARC-Roodeplaat, Willem Jansen van Rensburg, says that quinoa and grain amaranth are the most promising for local cultivation.
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Making organic fruit farming work

Organic farming is risky and difficult, but Jannie Nieuwoudt of Jamaka Organic Farm in the Cederberg believes the risk is justified by the rewards.
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With mushroom & moringa on the side

After the success of the Winterveld Citrus Project, Winterveld United Farmers’ Association’s first project, its members decided to diversify and supplement their income. Philip Kgosana explains to Peter Mashala why he chose two unusual options.
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Indigenous ‘Kanna’ keeps you calm & focused

Inspired by indigenous knowledge, a South African company has developed a natural, highly effective, mood-lifting and anxiety-reducing plant extract from the succulent plant, Sceletium tortuosum. Denene Erasmus spoke to Dr Nigel Gericke.
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Cheap imports dampen aspirations

Sugarcane farmer Lee Hlubi is working hard to contribute to the agricultural economy. But the influx of cheap sugar imports is threatening to derail her efforts.
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Carrot Lessons from Rugani Carrots

As struggling farmers, Vito Rugani and Vincent Sequeira had the courage to jettison many of the attitudes that bedevil SA farming. Today, Greenway Farms is the continent’s largest producer of carrots. Lindi van Rooyen visited the farm.
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The complexity of berry production

While many variables affect commercial berry production, strict management and a scientific approach are crucial for success.
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‘Be passionate about farming’

Maurice Boki, top developing grain producer, farms maize, crossbred Bonsmaras and Dohne-Merino sheep near Matatiele in the Eastern Cape.
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Do you think there is a future for smallscale farming in SA?
Yes, smallscale farmers contribute to global food production.
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There is a place for both smallscale and commercial farming in SA.
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Minister Nkwinti's proposal to landowners to give 50% of their farms to farmworkers is...
Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68%)
Will benefit land reform. (41.84%)
Will threaten food security. (39.21%)
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Will benefit land reform. (41.84 %) Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68 %) Mathematically impossible. (5.26 %) Will threaten food security. (39.21 %) Will benefit land reform. (41.84 %) Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68 %) Mathematically impossible. (5.26 %) Will threaten food security. (39.21 %)
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