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Eighty-seven litres of water or less per day

Eighty-seven litres of water or less per day

On a recent visit to Cape Town, I experienced what Capetonians have been coming to grips with over the past few months: learning how to drastically curb daily water usage.
Let farmers handle transformation

Let farmers handle transformation

In an article in this week's issue (28 July 2017) of Farmer's Weekly, former finance minister and current ANC MP, Pravin Gordhan, urges farmers to “make the first move” and...
Craig Wing

Digital disruption of the agri value chain

Since October 2016, half the world’s population has been connected to the Internet. However, at only 30%, the number of connected people in Africa is still lower than the world...
Population increase but not enough food

Population increase but not enough food

The farming sector generally views population growth as an opportunity rather than a challenge.
Plantix mobile app

Introducing the Plantix plant doctor app

Up to 30% of crop yields are lost worldwide each year due to plant diseases and pests, says Simone Strey, CEO of Peat.
A message for the drought fund thieves

A message for the drought fund thieves

A survey by Agri SA and its provincial affiliates has started to lift the lid on the extent of corruption that occurred during the allocation and spending of money intended...
Agriculture does interest the youth

Agriculture does interest the youth

During May, I visited both the NAMPO Harvest Day agricultural show in Bothaville and the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg, and one thing that was abundantly clear to me at both...
Are South Africans full of themselves?

Are South Africans full of themselves?

South Africa has long traded on its self-proclaimed status of being the gateway for foreign investment into Africa.
Land reform: a clear purpose, but no plan

Land reform: a clear purpose, but no plan

The most frustrating aspect of the current status of the land reform process is the total lack of any clear plan or vision for the road ahead.
coffee with Gwede Mantashe

Coffee with Mantashe

I was recently paid a visit by an Eastern Cape farmer who is an ardent reader of the Farmer’s Weekly. You might know him better as the secretary-general of the...
The safety of our farming communities

The safety of our farming communities

Every time I hear the news of another farm attack, I immediately stop and phone my parents to reassure myself that they are safe.
Agriculture in Africa still lagging behind

Agriculture in Africa still lagging behind

The development of agriculture in Africa was high on the agenda at this year’s SIMA Paris International Agribusiness Show in France.
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Rhino horn auction may be delayed

Rhino horn auction may be delayed

Farmer’s Weekly previously reported that an online sale of 500kg of rhino horn was being hosted by John Hume and Van’s Auctioneers.
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