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The South African sugar industry is facing a crisis, and the South African Cane Growers’ Association warns that this R14 billion/ year...
The Barui-Driehoek Co-op was the ARC’s 2017 National Small-Scale Commercial Livestock Producer of the Year. Annelie Coleman visited the owners,...
“Strategically located land will be released to address human settlement needs in urban and peri-urban areas,” South African President Cyril...
DAFF amasses R27,3 million in unnecessary legal fees

DAFF amasses R27,3 million in unnecessary legal fees

The director general of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Mike Mlengana, has conceded that the department has spent more than R27,3 million on legal services which the...
Smallholder support to be expanded in Southern Africa

Smallholder support to be expanded in Southern Africa

Solidaridad Network Trust, an international organisation working towards achieving sustainable regional production of agricultural commodities, has announced that it would be expanding its programme for smallholder sugar cane producers to...
China to increase pork imports due to African swine fever

China to increase pork imports due to African swine fever

China will be forced to increase pork imports as production in that country falls due to the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak.

Which fish should be farmed in SA, and where?

Our climate varies dramatically from season to season, limiting the fish species that can be used in aquaculture, and the locations where it can take place.

How top small-scale farmer reduces risk

Western Cape pig farmer Leandre Mitchley was named Top Smallholder Farming Entrepreneur 2018 at the annual Female Entrepreneur Awards. Her success came after a slow start and a recent major...

Frontier Bonsmaras’ strategy for sold-out auctions

Due to its insistence on uncompromising quality, Frontier Bonsmaras in the Eastern Cape has sold every one of the bulls on offer at its annual sale over the past 12...

Pioneering barley in the Swartland

The availability of improved varieties, mandate contracts and storage infrastructure promise to turn barley into a lucrative option in the Swartland. Gert Claassen, who five years ago started producing barley...

How a small farmer became SA’s biggest pineapple producer

A unique microclimate in the southern Eastern Cape has given rise to a niche cropping industry that requires intensive precision production over a five- to seven-year cycle. Sabrina Dean paid...

Almonds: High value, huge potential

The establishment of an almond-processing facility in Robertson has the potential to turn South Africa into a leading exporter of these nuts. Stephan and Hans le Roux of Amanteco Almonds...
Corteva: where women shine in agriculture

Corteva: where women shine in agriculture

At Corteva Agriscience, the new Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, female employees enjoy precisely the same job opportunities as men.
Case IH unveils a new six-cylinder tractor: the Maxxum 150

Case IH unveils a new six-cylinder tractor: the Maxxum 150

Improvements have resulted in far more powerful four-cylinder tractor engines. But Case IH has bucked the trend, adding a six-cylinder engine to its Maxxum range.
Selling hides can add to your overall profit margin, so it pays to protect them.
Animal health is a cornerstone of successful farming, and at some point all livestock farmers need to inject their animals....
Breeding is not always the best way to make money in livestock farming. You might profit more by buying young...
Rest and nutrition are both key to ensuring conception, good health and maximum profit.

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How recording ewes reproduction boosts fertility

How recording ewes reproduction boosts fertility

Recording the reproduction of your ewe flocks during each breeding season will help you identify potential fertility problems.
Cutting propagation made easy!

Cutting propagation made easy!

Many people think that growing new plants or trees from cuttings should be left to qualified horticulturists. In fact, this technique is relatively simple, says Shane Brody.
What are the objects of your business plan?

What are the objectives of your business plan?

The objectives outlined in your business plan must be realistic and achievable, with the strengths and weaknesses properly identified and analysed.
Self-development for young farmers

Self-development: shaping young farmers into future leaders

Dr René Uys, director of Thinking Fusion AFRICA, argues that young South African farmers need to have the emotional fortitude to face up to the often harsh realities of agriculture...
Farm shop design

Farm shop with food and entertainment

Jonno designs a farm shop that includes a shisa nyama/braai area; an entertainment hall/restaurant, a car wash and filling station.
The heart-shaped pan

Hunting traditionally with the Khomani San

The Khomani San of the Kalahari are revered for their intimate knowledge of bush lore. Now they’re practising these skills commercially and offering hunting packages on the vast tracts of...

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