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SA’s daring dairyman

For the past 30 years, dairy consultant Jeff Every has been shifting mindsets and cranking up profitability in the dairy sector. He is also the key man in the country’s most successful agricultural transformation project.
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State cuts support for prize-winning farmer

Mojala Mosoeu has been farming with cattle for 16 years. In 2011, after a nine-year wait, he received a farm as part of the government’s land reform programme. Now he stands to lose everything after the state recently decided to stop supporting him financially. Jaco Visser visited Mojala’s farm outside Heilbron.
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A long struggle bears fruit

Headman Manyota, a developing farmer, farms citrus in the Kat River Valley near Fort Beaufort. Last year, he achieved a massive 874% increase in production over 2013. Grant Hollins visited his farm.
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Success lies in doing what you know best

You don’t have to own a farm to make money from agriculture. Getting involved higher up the value chain is easier and less risky. Derich Priga, owner of D&M Fresh Products, tells Glenneis Kriel how he became a packhouse owner and fruit distributor.
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Land reform lessons from the Western Cape

Recent research into land reform projects in the Western Cape sought to establish the differences between successful and unsuccessful projects. Jacques Claassen visited an example of each and explains how they were rated.
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Success with organic farming

Wensleydale Farms in Centurion, Gauteng, is well established as an organic grower. New owner Magapa Phaweni plans to use her business skills to build on the farm’s success and expand its exports.
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VKB-GFADA maize project helps developing farmers

Ten developing Free State maize farmers are achieving success, thanks to the help of a dedicated mentor and the support of agricultural companies. Susan Botes-Marais reports on the VKB-GFADA Maize Project on state-owned land near Senekal.
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Dedicated mentorship helps achieve maize success

David Matobako, an ambitious young farmer, is proving that agricultural reform is not an idle dream. Susan Botes-Marais visited him on his Free State farm and saw how a sound partnership is making his dream of commercial grain farming come to life.
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From manual labourer to managing partner

Erik Phinallephe (55) was born and raised in Stellenbosch and started working as a general farm labourer when he was only 12.
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Hands-on dairy training

Transformation in SA agriculture involves skills training and the transfer of knowledge. It is perhaps in dairy farming that the need is most obvious. Managing a dairy herd, big or small, requires expertise. The team at Your Future Dairy Training talks to Nan Smith about the advantages of hands-on learning.
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