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The Limpopo Landelike Veilighiedstruktuur has been formed by TAU SA and Agri Limpopo.
Marthinus Farao of Riviersonderend was named as the Total SA Overberg Farm Worker of the Year at a gala event held on 17 September at the Agri Mega Week in...
Although the current outbreak of African horse sickness (AHS) is not over yet and additional cases could be confirmed in the months ahead, there are encouraging signs that the situation...
Grain SA chairperson Louw Steytler announced at the Free State Agriculture congress that Grain SA had donated R150 000 towards the Free State Agriculture court case against the South African...
The playing field of the agricultural industry in South Africa has changed.
In his State of the Nation address in parliament last night (17 June), President Jacob Zuma identified agriculture as a key job driver, recommitting to the target set out in...
The Suurbraak Grain Farmers’ Co-operative in the Southern Cape recently won the Western Cape Agricultural Writers’ Association’s Emerging Farmer of the Year award. The group ascribes its success to Boet...

What patronage shares mean

Co-operatives must reward members who work harder on the co-operative's behalf and deal with members who try to get away with the least amount of work.
Nkunzi Milkyway is an Ayrshire milk processor in Pretoria. Its policy of fair payment to producers has contributed to its steady growth of 38% during the past five years, according...

Land reform farms that work

Many land reform farms have collapsed, so are there any that work? The Free State Agriculture Land Reform Success Day showcased some successful land reform farms. Peter Mashala reports.
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...
Changes in consumers’ priorities, and the growth of South Africa’s black middle class, make it crucial for agribusinesses to re-evaluate their approach to food production, sales and marketing. Prof John...
Dear Jonno Here is an outline of the requirements for my new home: It must be a double storey house that features a combination of a modern and classic style....
Farmers who start agritourism businesses are entrepreneurs and should acquire good marketing skills.
I received emails from Vincent in KwaZulu-Natal and Thambo in the Transkei. Both have the same problem as most of us in South Africa: limited finances.
I received a call from Mark, who owns a game farm outside Mokopane in the North West. Six years ago, I designed his hunter’s lodge and tourist complexes.
Every one of us is unique and has a different idea of what we want our home to look like. To date, I have prepared over 4 800 working drawings...
Pippa's son is moving into her main house. She wants Jonno to help her design a double storey cottage with solar heating on her farm.
Tilapia are hardy, but survival is one thing and fast growth another – and in culture units poor performance is invariably due to poor husbandry.
While vaccination helps to prevent poultry disease outbreaks, well-planned biosecurity remains the first line of defence. Agmat Brinkhuis, chairperson of the SA Poultry Association and poultry farmer, spoke to Glenneis...
Endurance riders were traditionally prejudiced against clipping, but attitudes are changing, says Dr Mac.
Just how serious are those small warts often seen on the muzzles of young horses? Dr Mac sets your mind at rest.
Cois Harman believes that the Braunvieh breed is ideal for both beef and milk production.
The success and viability of the industry is largely government’s responsibility, because only it makes and implements legislation.
All too often, I come across farmers who are not accurate enough with their sprayer calibration.
Four years ago, the Imasa introduced an award for a market, market agency or fresh produce-related business that had excelled in customer services.
Blackleg is a fungal disease that can be highly destructive. Fortunately, although there are no resistant varieties, it can be managed or prevented if you know how it spreads.
As struggling farmers, Vito Rugani and Vincent Sequeira had the courage to jettison many of the attitudes that bedevil SA farming. Today, Greenway Farms is the continent’s largest producer of...
Willem Kilian and Ernest Dube of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) Small Grain Institute in Bethlehem, and Henzel Saul of the institute’s branch in Stellenbosch, report on trials conducted on...
Jacques Beukes is a table grape farmer in the Western Cape, and is always searching for new ways in which to expand and improve his business. Since joining the family...

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