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The recent occurrence of the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in Europe’s poultry flocks could open the door for increased exports of locally produced, heat-treated ostrich meat.
While residents of communal land in parts of KwaZulu-Natal are reportedly reeling from the effects of what have been described as 'violent storms' on Monday, 17 March, initial reports indicated...
The Eastern Cape’s Department of Roads and Public Works has not performed any road maintenance in the Gamtoos Valley, one of the prime vegetable- and citrus producing areas in the...
After previously being fined R250 million for anti-competitive practices in South Africa’s chemical fertiliser market, Sasol is now facing fresh charges of excessive pricing for its polymer products.
The year 2016 would go down as one of the poultry industry’s toughest yet, but the situation would not improve unless government intervened, according to Dr Charlotte Nkuna, senior executive...
The environmental impact of acid mine drainage (AMD) is not a threat to the trans-boundary Ramotswa Aquifer situated in the Limpopo Basin.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) plays a leading role in assisting governments to grow agricultural sectors and build a food secure foundation. Rosebud Kurwijila, FAO representative...
It's very upsetting knowing you have to pay an account when you don't know where the money is going to come from. That's why keeping track of your expenses is...
Sarah Allan decided to install renewable energy systems for her farm three years ago, but this turned out to be far more complex than first anticipated. She shares her hard-earned...
The Nooitgedachter, SA’s first ‘indigenous’ horse breed, was developed by the department of agriculture at the Nooitgedacht Research Station near Ermelo. Mike Burgess visited Braam Olivier’s farm for a closer...
The government’s mechanisation programme is doomed to failure unless it is project-managed properly and regard is given to the many difficulties of operating machinery in a small-scale environment, says Peter...
Amathole Berries near Stutterheim expects to yield 3 000t of blueberries per season by 2020. Mike Burgess spoke to acting CEO Ryan Davies about the company’s challenges and its place...
This chunky, flavoursome curry will seriously dent the prejudices of those who believe a meal without meat is not a meal at all, and will be a marvellous addition to...

A cottage in Mpumalanga

Sue and Collin recently sold off a portion of their farm and want to build a two-bedroom cottage.

Nice & Cosy

Jonno sketches a simple two-bedroom house situated on a far for Clive and his family.

Steak Béarnaise

Now that eating butter has been decriminalised, all the old favourites are coming back into fashion. Béarnaise is very nearly the best thing you can add to a superb grilled...

The scaly wings

Moths are not as popular or admired for their beauty as their cousins the butterflies. However, they have an essential ecological role as pollinators and are essential to life on...

Room to expand

Jonno Smith designs a four room house for a reader.

Five myths in breeding

Retired after many years at the University of the Free State's animal science department, Prof Gert Erasmus talks to Roelof Bezuidenhout about five myths in breeding and explains why there's...

Sweet itch or grass mange?

During summer, many horses develop itchy, hairless patches on their heads and necks. What causes this and how do you deal with it? Dr Mac tells you more.
The refusal by authorities to issue permits in parts of SA for the red Mozambique tilapia based purely on its skin colour is like a bizarre form of environmental segregation....
The pioneer of tree lucerne in South Africa, Gavin Armstrong, warns that as the interest in this high-yield fodder crop grows, many suppliers are overcharging farmers for inferior plant material....
The growing stray dog problem calls for greater co-operation between municipalities, animal welfare groups and farmers before it escalates out of control.
Breeding pigeons that win requires perseverance, experience and a whole lot of trial and error, writes Thomas Smit.
A KZN husband and wife team are growing and distributing the highly nutritious Moringa tree amongst the poorest of the poor.
Peter Da Rocha farms cauliflower, broccoli and lettuce near Delmas in Mpumalanga. The operation's focus on cultivar selection for better production efficiency has had a significant impact on the business’s...
Tomato growers invariably buy their seedlings from a dedicated seedling nursery. This usually means the seedlings are produced in seedling trays with 200 cavities.
Growing tomatoes in Pongola in summer is not for the faint- hearted. But the Terblanche family has fine-tuned its programme and picks tomatoes year-round, with many benefits for the sugarcane...
Something quite significant has happened on the Durban market. I recently contributed to a week's training session there for prospective salespeople. The significance is that this was a joint venture...
There are several important considerations when planning a fertiliser programme for your watermelon crop.

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