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A bittersweet childhood memory turned into seven years of an inspiring and challenging journey.

Lack of land

Human settlement and lack of accountability threaten the availability of land in Kgabalatsane.
It took three deaths before a North West municipality prioritised an ongoing issue. It was solved in a day.

Plough for more

Agri SA welcomed government’s firm stance against Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) reported threats of farm seizures.
The Competition Commission (CompCom) has conducted simultaneous search and seizure operations at 13 premises belonging to seven meat suppliers in three provinces, following allegations of price collusion, according to a...
Poverty and unemployment, especially in rural areas, are some of SA’s main challenges.
The National Emergent Red Meat Producers Organization (Nerpo) has invited smallholder farmers to start applying for the new Nerpo Farm Machinery & Infrastructural Improvement Fund, which Land Bank and the...

Land policy tussle

Current agricultural and land reform policies are not workable and fair, and sometimes don’t make any sense.
International agribusiness, Syngenta recently opened a seed treatment facility at the company plant in Brits, North West, that will also be used for research purposes, to develop and test seed...
The pig farmer can ensure maximum survival by understanding and meeting the piglets' needs.
Mojala Mosoeu has been farming with cattle for 16 years. In 2011, after a nine-year wait, he received a farm as part of the government’s land reform programme. Now he...
Over the past three years, Durbanville Hills wine cellar has saved thousands of rands simply by changing the way it uses electricity. Cellar master Martin Moore talked to Glenneis Kriel...
Alex Whyte, marketing manager of Green and Gold Nuts is convinced that the industry has potential for significant growth.
Comprehensive research into the causes of food insecurity, followed by significant investment in modern commercial farming techniques, is the only way to overcome food insecurity, says Limpopo agriculture MEC Dikeledi...
The drought during the past summer grain production season could result in cash flow restraints for grain producers. At the same time, livestock management has become increasingly important for mitigating...
There are so many favourites out there… chilli con carne, good ol’ steak, egg ’n chips, Durban mutton curry, braaiied boerewors and, one of the greateast of them all, spaghetti...

Tournedos Chasseur

For the mid-20th century connoisseur, the ideal of fine dining consisted of a prawn cocktail, followed by Tournedos Chasseur, finished off by an Irish coffee. Here’s that very same culinary...
Dear Jonno, I would like your help building a house in Underberg.

In touch with nature

Hi Jonno, We are planning to build a house in natural indigenous bush in the Waterberg area and would like your help.
This delicious dish is melt-in-the-mouth, and is a superb way to mark any occasion.
It’s easy to forget that chilli is so much more than a local curry, with or without rice. Here’s a New World homage to the chilli, that glorious, scarlet, life-enhancing...
Grouping aquaculture activities on one site for administrative convenience simply won’t work.
Derick le Roux and his father, Carl, own the only 5-Star Breedplan accredited stud in South Africa. Derick explains to Gerhard Uys how record-keeping can optimise profit in any production...
Tommy van Zyl is a self-employed building contractor who first engaged his passion for racing pigeons from a neat garden loft in the backyard of his Uitenhage home in the...
Summer can be a great time for horse owners, as long as they follow a few simple precautions, says Kim Dyson.
You can’t reach the top of your game without top racing pigeons, says Thomas Smit.
The end of may and first week of June marked the ­beginning of the 2007 racing pigeon season. Issue date 15 June 2007

Still too high!

Wastage of fresh fruit and vegetables is a costly part of the business. When the products you’re handling are highly perishable, then the best efforts to preserve them can only...
Lettuce has its origin in the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for thousands of years.

Learning from the lands

Every year offers opportunities to gain more experience and understanding of how to improve production.

A man of soil

Umkomaas Valley farmer Johnny Sfaelos forged a farming career for himself 52 years ago – and the cost-effective ways of his generation have helped him cap his costs. Robyn Joubert...
if a farmer willing to wait seven years for a return on investment will find that money does indeed grow on trees.
Getting a full stand and a vigorous getaway is crucial for high yield. Some important aspects in this regard have been mentioned in previous articles.

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