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The participation of women in the agricultural sector should be promoted, in order to create much-needed employment opportunities and ensure...
Hundreds of small-scale broiler and layer hen farmers across South Africa are benefitting from training provided through collaboration between international...
Through perseverance and applying strict business principles, Elias Pangane proved that farming could produce a viable income for him. The...
New African swine fever outbreak in Gauteng

New African swine fever outbreak in Gauteng

Gauteng’s Department of Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment is scrambling to contain yet another outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).
Dorper sheep

Namibia’s small-stock export scheme suspended

The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) recently welcomed a decision by the country’s authorities to fully suspend the small-stock marketing scheme to allow producers to export without restriction to South Africa.
No-deal Brexit could cost UK agri sector around R15,7 billion a year

No-deal Brexit could cost UK agri sector around R15,7 billion a...

In the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’, UK farmers will struggle to survive unless they receive a significant increase in government support.

Watch out for wasps in the stable

These aggressive insects can cause painful stings in humans and horses. Dr Mac provides some useful tips on treating your horse if it gets stung.

Free-range duck farming in KZN: Why less is more

Duck meat is a high-value niche product in South Africa. KwaZulu-Natal farmer Vanessa Collocott supplies this market with certified free-range ducks, and has combined shrewd business sense with compassion in...

Intensive Boer goat farming: Good money, endless demand

Free State Boer goat farmer Mariaan Grobler says intensive production is a viable option as there are never enough goats available to meet demand. Sabrina Dean visited her on her...

Expert tips to get the most from irrigated wheat

Irrigated wheat is grown by many South African grain farmers in rotation with summer grains such as maize and soya bean. André du Toit, a senior wheat breeder with Pannar...

Watermelon planting tips

Many watermelon growers plant as soon as possible in the season so they can market the crop early, when prices are high.

High-tech solutions to manage weed resistance to herbicides

According to agronomy expert Leonard Oberholzer, weeds’ resistance to herbicides is expected to be one of the greatest threats to food production in years to come.
honeybush

Honeybush tea: Small industry, big potential

Although honeybush has long been used in parts of South Africa to brew a caffeine-free tea, it has remained a small-scale activity. However, the industry has potential to grow and...
John Deere GridCON electric tractor

Electric tractor powered by a cable

The GridCON research project and its electric cable powered tractor are part of John Deere’s continued efforts to electrify agricultural machinery, and offers new opportunities for farms to supply their...
In most developing countries, salmonella is a major cause of illness and death in children under the age of five,...
Diseases can result in huge financial losses for a livestock farmer. Any potential problems should therefore be treated as soon...
Rabbits are inexpensive to keep and produce high- quality protein. They can also be housed in a small space, making...
The present genetic stock of these dairy goats in South Africa originated from animals imported from Switzerland in 1951. Their...

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canal system

Designing an irrigation system according to soil type

Dr Willem de Clercq, a researcher at the Water Institute at Stellenbosch University, says that all farmers, and especially those who practise conservation agriculture, need to approach irrigation in a...
Residues from harvested crops

Switching to no-till? Restore degraded soil first!

It is often assumed that implementing no-till production is the immediate next step towards restoring degraded soils. Not so, says Guy Thibaud, a veteran soil scientist with the KwaZulu-Natal Department...
Do you know how healthy your ‘soil skin’ is?

Do you know how healthy your ‘soil skin’ is?

The crucial link between soil health and optimal, sustainable crop yield is well established. Dr Neil Miles, a soil scientist with the South African Sugarcane Research Institute, explores this subject,...

Big food waste while people go hungry

South Africa’s food poverty line, also known as the extreme poverty line, which refers to the amount of money that an individual will need to afford the minimum required daily...
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.
self-catering accommodation

How a Klein Karoo wine and fruit farm became a tourist mecca

Instead of competing with the giant wine brands, Jacques and Saretha Conradie take advantage of the location of Vogelsang farm to put their wines and estate on the map.

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