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Boplaas Family Vineyards

Hedging market and climate risks on a family wine farm

Boplaas Family Vineyards shows that farm size does not really matter if you want to makeit in the wine industry. Owner Carel Nel spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how he...
grape crop used for raisin production

Working together yields profits for Keimoes farmers

The gravel road between Keimoes and Upington unfolds onto the lush, green oasis of Eksteenskuil in the Northern Cape. Here, a group of small-scale farmers have created a vibrant agricultural...
Land reform: Joint venture between seller and community pays off

Land reform: Joint venture between seller and community pays off

When Tomahawk Farm was sold in a land claim, the owners faced a crossroads: up and leave, or stay and help. With the future success of the farm and the...
De Wetshof

How De Wetshof stays ahead in the wine business

Agri Western Cape’s Young Farmer of the year for 2018, Johann de Wet of De Wetshof Wine Estate, tells Glenneis Kriel how he and his brother, Peter, are keeping their...
Agri partnerships lead to success for young female farmer

Agri partnerships lead to success for young female farmer

Energetic new farmer Mbali Nwoko started her vegetable farming operation only two years ago, but her determination to succeed has been rewarded and recognised. In 2017 she was named one...
ClemenGold mandarins

Cultivar branding: a game changer for growers

Fresh produce branding is gaining momentum as farmers seek to ensure a market for their fruit in an industry where supply is dramatically increasing. The success of the ClemenGold mandarin...
Twycross Packers

How mentorship helped two women rise to top positions on farm

Hard work, dedication and showing a lively interest in agriculture have propelled Iris Mashaba and Dineo Mokhabuki from being temporary farmworkers to holding managerial positions at major agribusinesses near Mbombela...
Hoedspruit Hub

Customised training for commercial and small-scale interests

South Africa has an urgent need for agricultural training at all levels. The Hoedspruit Hub Agricultural Training Centre provides commercial skills training programmes, practical courses to assist small-scale farmers, and...
The factory’s power supply is set up to allow for further expansion.

Small stone mill adds value to Western Cape wheat

Gideon Milling, a stone ground milling company in the Western Cape, was launched in 2013 by a group of entrepreneurs to improve farmers’ profitability and food security. Aubrey Terblanche and...
Herenboeren farmers

Hire a farmer to grow your food

Herenboeren is taking the Netherlands by storm, with city dwellers and urbanites paying farmers to produce food according to their exact specifications. Gerhard Uys spoke to Boudewijn Tooren, a board...
Farm on the stock market, and increase your profits

Farm on the stock market, and increase your profits

While food and agricultural stocks are often overlooked as investments, many companies offering these products represent excellent value for money. Glenneis Kriel asked a number of investment officers about the...
Creating sustainable growth through agriculture

Creating sustainable growth through agriculture

You Reap What You Sow is a successful agricultural co-operative located in the Mohlakeng township, west of Johannesburg. Launched in 2011, the initiative is 90% black-women owned and employs 12...

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