Agribusiness

Popcorn kernels

Consistent quality ensures success for popcorn exporter

A popcorn factory in a small Northern Cape town has doubled production since expanding into the export market. Sabrina Dean asked director Koos de Wet and chief financial officer Jacques...

Auction of greenhouse facility in Carletonville

An agricultural development of ±57ha in Carletonville, with more than 12ha of established greenhouses, will fall under the hammer of Dynamic Auctioneers on Thursday 12 March at 11am.
Blueberry crop

Four niche crops to boost your cash flow

Diversifying a farming operation by adding a high-income niche crop is an effective way to utilise a small piece of spare land. Lindi Botha looks at four products that are...
The kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)

Time for SA farmers to cash in on the succulent boom

Nearly half of the world’s succulent species are endemic to Southern Africa. Despite this, our commercial farmers have yet to cash in on the thriving global succulent market. Glenneis Kriel...

How to make farming pay with no land of your own

Two postgraduate students from the University of Cape Town are facilitating farming in the heart of the city, yet neither owns a sizeable piece of land. Wandile Tshabe, co-founder of...

A farmyard in your backyard

Springvale Country Estate offers you the best of both worlds: modern, farm-style living in a secure estate, close to a major city.
Cold-pressed,high-oleic sunflower oil ready for bottling.

Cold-pressed sunflower oil: a hot new product

Vergezocht Plant Oils is the first factory in Africa to produce cold-pressed, high-oleic sunflower oil. Sabrina Dean visited the plant in Bloemfontein in the Free State to find out more...

Scaling up aquaponics

Investing in efficient systems that optimise the use of space and yield, while reducing cost, is one way in which Gauteng-based Ichthys Aquaponics is growing its business. Siyanda Sishuba visited...
Agri-Sense International uses stereo-photogrammetry techniques

How super-detailed drone mapping is changing farming forever

To stay profitable in an increasingly tough environment, farmers must use their land and other resources to their maximum potential. The amazingly detailed imagery captured by unmanned aerial vehicles can...

Standard Bank invests in affordable agritech solutions

The digitisation of agriculture is transforming farming, and these solutions are fast becoming integral in farming practices.
compost mixture

Organic winemaking: where nature sets the pace

Reyneke Wines was among the first organic wineries in South Africa to receive a five-star rating in Platter’s Wine Guide. Owner Johan Reyneke spoke to Glenneis Kriel about his long...
fresh produce market

Digital revolution links fresh produce farmers and buyers

For those already using it, a newly launched and innovative online trading platform is reportedly revolutionising the way that South Africa’s fresh produce sellers and buyers conduct their typically time-sensitive...

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