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The essence of organic brandy production

Edmund Oettle, South Africa’s only organic brandy producer, explains that his farming approach is a life choice. He speaks to Jay Ferreira about his business operation near Wellington in the Western Cape.
Côte d’Ivoire – bringing out the best in cocoa production

Cocoa may be the main ingredient in one of the world’s favourite confectioneries, but its production has, at times, been plagued by scandal. Efforts are underway in Côte d’Ivoire and elsewhere to bring about ethical cocoa production, says Lloyd Phillips.
Vertical farming - less space, less water, higher yield

Water scarcity and the lack of access to land are critical issues facing many farmers today. Jan du Plessis, general manager of CAN-SA, spoke to Gerhard Uys about his company’s water-efficient vertical farming operation.
Poultry: tips for better chicken house heating and ventilation

To raise healthy and uniform birds in a chicken house, it is essential to maintain optimal heating and ventilation at all times. Sonét Roux, technical advisor at Country Bird Holdings, explains to Wilma den Hartigh what this entails, and how it can help a farmer achieve top production rates.
Agritourism: what to offer and how to maximise income

There are numerous agritourism ideas out there – and many ways of generating income from visitors.
The sawmill that runs on wood gas power

With renewable energy becoming increasingly necessary, could wood gasification present a viable alternative? Lloyd Phillips spoke to a KwaZulu-Natal sawmiller who is experimenting with this question.
Managing a farming business in financial distress

Your farming business is in a one-way financial cul de sac. What remedies do you have at your disposal to solve the problem? Johan Botha, an attorney specialising in insolvencies, and agricultural consultant, Pietman Botha, offer some advice.
Standard Bank advises farmers to view agriculture as an investment vehicle

It’s important to plan beyond the drought in a sector that will remain a driver of economic growth & social stability.
6 tactics to achieve successful sales at the market

National and regional fresh produce markets are openly available to all producers. Yet using them optimally requires some planning and management. Deon van Zyl, managing director of the RSA Group of market agents, shares six tips with Wilma den Hartigh that can help a farmer establish a strong presence on the market floor and achieve profitable sales.
Consumer research for meat products

In order to boost sales, it’s important to know your customers and what they expect, say Tineil Hurter and Marina Bester of Lamb and Mutton South Africa.
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This week's poll
Do you think there are equal opportunities for women & men in the South African agri sector?
No, a lot still needs to change
Yes, much progress has been made to empower women in agriculture
The playing field is slowly levelling out
Last week's poll
Have you received any aid or assistance for drought relief?
Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78%)
No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34%)
I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %) I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %)
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