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Farmers Weekly
Growing communities through small-scale farms

Afasa president Mike Mlengana was educated on the proceeds of his father’s surplus produce. Deeply in touch with his roots and South Africa’s current challenges, he describes a solutions-based approach to the problems of food security, community and unemployment.
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Accelerated land reform in the wildlife ranching industry

The wildlife industry is committed to advancing land reform through partnerships, says WRSA’s Cobus du Toit. Annelie Coleman spoke to him at Nampo.
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Is SA still the gateway to the continent?

Dr Theo de Jager, a frequent visitor to Africa in his unofficial capacity as roving agricultural ambassador, says SA may not quite live up to its reputation as the obvious route to the continent.
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Nkwinti flying a dangerous land reform 'kite'

The recent ANC policy proposals around land reform made by the minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti pose a constitutional dilemma that would serve no good purpose other than to destroy the already precarious Rural and Agricultural economy of South Africa.
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Aquaculture legislation quagmire

The development of the aquaculture industry in South Africa is hampered by obstructive bureaucracy, warns ichthyologist and hatchery owner Nicholas James.
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Measure & record to secure the future

Emerging beef cattle farmers in sub-Saharan Africa struggle with low fertility and high mortality in their herds. Yet the situation could be improved if farmers were taught the importance of diligent measuring and recording, says Prof Michiel Scholtz of ARC’s Animal Production Department.
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Where is South Africa heading?

Our country is facing a bleak future ahead, unless economic stability and growth are achieved and maintained. Poverty and unemployment are some of the factors contributing to this, according to Bennie van Zyl, TAU SA general manager.
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GM crops: the truth will free us from hunger

When it comes to genetically modified crops, ignorance isn’t bliss, it’s downright dangerous, making the public prey to scaremongers and hampering food security, warns Dr Charlie Reinhardt.
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Escaped game is not yours to shoot

The booming game industry has had an unintentional spin-off – animals escaping onto neighbouring, unfenced properties. Whom do these animals belong to now? The answer is not as simple as it seems, and farmers who shoot first and ask questions later could be in trouble with the law.
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Making SA’s groundwater last

Maintaining and managing SA’s scarce water resources have become highly contentious issues, especially in rural areas, says Gert Nel, partner and principal geohydrologist in SRK Consulting, East London.
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