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How technology can help the farmer

Technology is the key to the future of agriculture, often in ways we do not expect, according to Jason PH Brantley, managing director of John Deere: sub-Saharan Africa. He spoke to Gerhard Uys about recent trends.
The politics of water

Water has become a political issue and the quality of South Africa’s water resources needs to be addressed, says Prof Anthony Turton, a scientist specialising in water resource management. He spoke to Gerhard Uys.
Consumers driving production trends

As consumers grow more affluent, they become more fastidious about the food they eat. This trend has sparked a rising demand for food that is produced in an environmentally friendly fashion. Dr Hannes Swart, the chairperson of the local organising committee of the World Veterinary Poultry Association Congress, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about this trend and its effect on the local poultry industry.
Collaboration needed to manage predators

South African stock farmers face an ongoing battle against predators. Merino farmer Guillau du Toit, newly-elected chairperson of the Predation Management Forum (PMF) and the National Wool Growers’ Association, spoke to Lourens Schoeman about the PMF’s proposals to improve the situation.
Winning with the Boer goat

Boer goats can help to make emerging farmers successful, and they also have a large local and foreign stud market. Stud breeder Johan Steyn from Boer Goats South Africa spoke to Gerhard Uys about the industry.
Farmers can help promote rural safety

Violence affecting farming communities is a dreaded reality in SA and in the long term could be devastating for rural communities, Free State Agriculture’s safety analysts Dr Jane Buys and Gernie Botha told Annelie Coleman.
Get ready for the millennials

The millennials, born between the 1980s and the early 2000s, are more finicky consumers than any of their predecessors. Mary Shelman, director of the Agribusiness Programme at Harvard Business School in the US, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about this demanding generation’s effect on the farming sector.
‘Farmers know that land reform is a priority’

Ernest Pringle, head of Agri SA’s Development Council and outgoing president of Agri Eastern Cape, says that farmers accept land reform to be a prime concern, but judging by the national budget, government does not. He spoke to Nan Smith.
UFS lays out a plan to develop agriculture in Africa

The University of the Free State (UFS) supports the development of a long-term sustainable and profitable agricultural sector on the African continent, according to Prof Neil Heideman, dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the institution. Annelie Coleman asked him how the university has positioned itself to add value to the sector.
Agri SA equipped to help farmers face challenging future

Agriculture is key to SA’s economy and government must provide legislation to help the sector thrive. Designate CEO Omri van Zyl explains his views on the future of agriculture to Gerhard Uys.
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