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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...
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...
Solar panels lower cooling costs

Solar panels lower cooling costs

In 2013, Ceres Fruit Growers (CFG) installed solar panels on the roof of its controlled atmosphere rooms to reduce its load on the municipal grid. Rahim Hassan, manager of engineering...
Zandam piggery owner Mauro Delle Donne.

Turning pig waste into energy

Zandam cheese and piggery, in partnership with the green energy company, Ibert, recently established a biogas plant to convert waste from the piggery into electricity and heat. Piggery owner Mauro...
Why SA wine exports must move from bulk to brands

Why SA wine exports must move from bulk to brands

South Africa’s wine industry must shift its emphasis from volume to value and from a production orientation to a market orientation. This is according to Anton Smuts, the newly elected...
New market opportunities for South Africa’s macadamias

New market opportunities for South Africa’s macadamias

Alex Whyte, marketing manager of Green and Gold Nuts is convinced that the industry has potential for significant growth.
The science of fruit packaging: SA leads the way

The science of fruit packaging: SA leads the way

Stellenbosch University is acknowledged as a world leader in research on optimising packaging design for the fruit industry. Prof Linus Opara spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the university’s achievements in...
Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

In 2014, the Cederberg Tree Nursery produced 100 000 citrus trees a year. Two years later, after its acquisition by ANB Investments, the nursery produces more than 550 000 citrus trees annually.
Darling’s 150 000kg/year olive processing success story

Darling’s 150 000kg/year olive processing success story

When Roleen Basson started Darling Olives about 10 years ago, she didn’t even eat olives. However, today her business produces about 30 product lines, and the Darling Olives footprint will...
A selection of Fynbos Fine Foods products.

Export success for Western Cape chilli exporters

Fynbos Fine Foods, owned by chilli lovers Rozelle and Julian Abramson, has grown from a small business to a prosperous product development and food production business. The operation’s chilli products...
US poultry imports – the facts

US poultry imports – the facts

Much controversy has surrounded South Africa’s poultry imports from the US. Freelance journalist, Peter Fabricius, examines this thorny issue and attempts to clarify some misconceptions.
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Small-scale farmer funding: some commercial options

Small-scale farmer funding: some commercial options

While South Africa’s emerging farmers undoubtedly faced barriers and constraints when seeking finance, and efforts were being made to remove them, these farmers nonetheless had certain opportunities to access funds...
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