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Senwes reaffirms commitment to finance black farmers

After the successful approval of the merger between the Senwes and the Suidwes Group during 2020, Senwes is entering year two of three years emanating from the merger approval conditions in terms of which Senwes is required to extent material financial assistance to black farmers.
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Debunking insurance myths

Insurance policies can be tedious and difficult to understand. Hollard explains what to look out for in your policy and how to claim.
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The fascinating history of Amorentia Nursery

Amorentia Nursery in Limpopo has been producing high-quality macadamia trees for well over four decades. This article explores how this unique nursery was established.
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Dairy Group: The largest buyer of raw milk in South Africa

Dairy Group, a farmer-owned company with over 120 producer members is dedicated to bringing top-quality dairy products to consumers.
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Standard Bank platform provides 4 million meals for the needy

OneFarm Share allows farmers to contribute their surplus fresh produce to needy families across the country.

Breeding bobaas boerboels

Beverli Katz, one of South Africa’s top Boerboel breeders, claimed the prestigious national award of SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for other species in 2020. In addition, her stud has bred the two highest-appraised male Boerboels in the world. Jeandré van der Walt visited her at Klein Sandfontein Boerboels and Boarding Kennels on the outskirts of Caledon to learn about her breeding techniques.

Starting an essential oils enterprise from scratch

After attending a farmers’ day in 2018, Oniccah and Naledi Nkoe decided to start farming herbal plants to produce essential oils. They have since expanded plantings and launched their own essential oils business. They spoke to Salome Modiselle and Sandile Mahlangu, researchers at the Agricultural Research Council.
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Standard Bank provides relief to business and agriculture insurance clients

Standard Insurance Limited will reduce its insurance premiums to small and agriculture clients by 30% over the next three months.

Superior goats and award-winning cheeses

Rina Belcher runs Belnori Boutique Cheesery, a Saanen goat-breeding and cheesemaking operation near Bapsfontein in Gauteng. Pieter Dempsey spoke to her about raising her animals and creating a diverse range of products, including soft and hard cheeses, a number of which have garnered prestigious awards.

Snails: an industry filled to the brim with opportunities

Snail-breeding enterprise CSC Heliculture began as a small-scale operation, but now business is booming thanks to growth in the market. Co-owner Christiaan Jooste spoke to Pieter Dempsey about the company’s success.
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Paperless orchard management

Farmable, an exclusive orchard management tool, can be used for recording crop treatments, capturing field observations including scouting work, and collaborating with advisors and operators.

Considering the switch to solar energy? Read this first!

With solar energy becoming increasingly affordable and reliable, more and more farmers are using it to reduce their electricity costs and dependence on Eskom power. Claude Peters of RenEnergy spoke to Glenneis Kriel about this trend.

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