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How to plan for a maintenance shutdown

How to plan for a maintenance shutdown

End-of-season maintenance at packhouses and fresh produce processing facilities plays an integral role in food safety and should therefore be carried out systematically. So writes Linda Jackson, a director at...
Game & small-stock: different management, the same care

Game & small-stock: different management, the same care

Sheep and antelope production combine the best of two worlds for energetic farm manager, Emilize Vögel. She spoke to Roelof Bezuidenhout about her passion for this demanding job.
Chris Isted

A livestock farmer’s thriving rural Wi-Fi network

Many isolated regions in South Africa struggle with unreliable Internet access. To solve the problem in his area, Barkly East livestock farmer, Chris Isted, built his own wireless network, and...
Eastern Cape bee farmer’s commercial success

Eastern Cape bee farmer’s commercial success

Kola le Roux has loved bees ever since seeing his grandfather’s hives in the eastern Free State more than 60 years ago. Today he manages more than 2 000 hives, from...
Carton factory cooperative pays off for citrus farmers

Carton factory cooperative pays off for citrus farmers

When a group of Letsitele citrus farmers could no longer afford packaging material, they started making it themselves. Today, their business is a major industry supplier. By Alita van der...
Karoo cheesery’s big plans for the community

Karoo cheesery’s big plans for the community

Dean Lategan and Ashley-Ann May of Latana Cheese near Oudshoorn have been producing boutique cheeses since 2012. Now the two are planning to expand production into goats’ milk cheese, while...
Dr Theo de Jager

Dr Theo de Jager – speaking out for the world’s farmers

Newly elected president of the World Farmers’ Organisation, Dr Theo de Jager, is no novice when it comes to advocating on behalf of farmers at international level. He spoke to...
Advice for aspiring women farmers

Advice for aspiring women farmers

Women who venture into farming on their own, or in partnerships with their husbands, have to remember certain basic principles to be successful.
Aquaponics: ‘economy of scale is the key’

Aquaponics: ‘economy of scale is the key’

Aquaponics, which combines aquaculture and hydroponics, is increasingly becoming popular in many countries due to its ability to boost farm output and reduce waste. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Ruann Coleman...
Linda Zwane, empowering women farmers in Mpumalanga

Linda Zwane, empowering women farmers in Mpumalanga

Linda Zwane, a livestock farmer in Mpumalanga, made it his business to introduce 120 young, black women to livestock husbandry on his farm, as well as mentor those that requested...
The benefits of choosing a career in agri - Nono Sekhoto

The benefits of choosing a career in agri – Nono Sekhoto

Thirty-five-year-old, Nono Sekhoto, joined her father’s farming operation, Makolobane Farmers Enterprises near Senekal, in 2011. Realising the importance of being part of a network, she joined the African Farmers’ Association...
Anton Alexander, 2016 Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker of the Year,

Curiosity: winning secret of a top agri worker

Anton Alexander, 2016 Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker of the Year, started working as a general worker and rose through the ranks to become a human resources officer on Ouwerf...
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