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KwaZulu-Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Africa’s largest estuarine system, is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The uMfolozi River, long artifically separated from the lake, is again flowing into it, restoring the...
Greg Butler, Australian conservation agriculturalist, recently spoke to SA farmers about smart production strategies and innovation in a competitive farming environment. Jacques Claassen reports from the Conservation Agriculture Western Cape...
Humus is arguably one of the most important contributors to sustainable life on our planet, yet it remains largely unappreciated. Graeme Sait, CEO of Nutri-Tech Solutions in Australia, explains why...

Plough for more

The Free State needed a programme to highlight the importance of rural safety to society, Free State premier Ace Magashule said on Thursday.
Police in KwaZulu-Natal are appealing to the general public for any information that could possibly lead to the apprehension of suspects involved in two farm attacks only days apart in...
A kudu bull has been sold for a record R9,4 million by Dries Visser, from Dries Visser Pure Bred Game.
A company called, SuperMeat, is aiming to revolutionise the meat industry with a system it has developed to produce cultured meat on a small-scale, in collaboration with Yaakov Nahmias, a...
The DA hopes to see changes made to the Labour Relations Amendment Bill after MPs’ poor attendance in parliament clouded the vote to pass the act. Denene Erasmus reports.
The mayor of the Mkhondo Municipality in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, apologised to the public in a letter to the local newspaper, Excelsior,for his statements on the investigative television programme, Special...
Former minister of agriculture Dr Kraai van Niekerk’s honeybee hobby, which he started after quitting politics in 2009, has grown into a fully-fledged farming enterprise. It is now among the...
Thanks to an established South African-based farming company, adventurous local farmers can now broaden their horizons with an opportunity to farm in other African countries.
FRIDAY A return to Ladismith, this time with the Professor, my father and my sister.
Young South Africans appear to be in high demand in the United States, especially as seasonal farmworkers.
The traceability of food products is growing in importance across the world, and the sooner South Africa’s red meat value chain grasps its value, the better, according to Prof Frikkie...
Balgowan poultry farmer Rodney Smith picked an unconventional approach when it came to upgrading his egg packhouse to meet stringent food safety standards.

Spicy pork belly

I come from an ancient family tradition in which we never ate pork. But when I became a man, I cooked like a man, and pork found a minor but...
Kofta – savoury mince meat balls – are one of the best things you can do with lamb. They’re easy to make and even easier to eat, and when they’re...

When the sun goes down

When your vehicle gets stuck in a swamp at sunset in game-rich country full of nocturnal predators, you better pray your torch doesn't let you down. Abre' J Steyn discovers...
FW reader Peter has found the perfect spot in the Karoo to build six cottages. He asks Jonno to assist with the design.
What better way to fight wintery weather? Here’s a hot fisherman’s pie, easy to make and even easier to eat. And, all three types of seafood were caught in the...
Dear Jonno I follow your page in the Farmer’s Weekly every week. Thank you for all your ideas. I am a small farmer in a low- carrying capacity area. My...
Tilapia farming is now well established in Asia, but will only succeed in SA if good quality stock is used in an economically viable culture environment.
A burgeoning warthog population indirectly benefited smallstock predators on James Faber’s farm in the Northern Cape. The problem was so severe that he converted his farming operation from sheep and...
“The people whose livelihoods are dependent on the sustainable use of any living resource are those who are the most concerned about its proper management.” These are the opening words...
Your Future Dairy Training offers aspiring farmers hands-on and practical training.
Milk production on Sarahsrivier Boerdery near Ashton in the Western Cape has undergone many changes since its cheese factory was established in 1994. To achieve organic certification, it moved away...
The end of may and first week of June marked the ­beginning of the 2007 racing pigeon season. Issue date 15 June 2007
Dear black market agents, over the years I’ve met most of you and have noticed two consistent themes.
Dual cropping can dramatically improve the profitability of maize and livestock production units.
If only some farmers realised that it takes remarkably little effort to improve product presentation – and get a higher price as a result.
Cultivating vanilla on Réunion Island – and elsewhere – is a drawn-out, specialised process done entirely by hand. Even the pollination is painstakingly carried out flower by flower. This explains...

A culture of care

This is not the first time in this column that I’ve addressed the crucial need for care.
Last week, I wrote about the impressive new markets being established in Namibia.

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