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Practical tips for starting a rabbit farm

While rabbit farming can be fairly lucrative, it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Karoline Steenekamp about the do’s and don’ts when starting a rabbit enterprise.
Innovative, sustainable aquaponics production in Berlin

Innovative, sustainable aquaponics production in Berlin

With arable land under increasing pressure, there is a strong push to use urban space in new ways to help meet the demand for food and fibre. Lloyd Phillips visited...

Agricultural development’s education gap

Six years ago, Michelle Adelman, named Africa’s Most Influential Woman in the category for Business and Professional Services by CEO Global in 2017, started the boutique project development and impact...
Contributing to the growth of black dairy farmers

Contributing to the growth of dairy farmers

As a member and former president of Milk SA, Tsitsikamma dairy farmer Nigel Lok explains that 25% of the statutory levy commercial dairy farmers pay to Milk SA goes to...
Personalised banking relationships are essential for farmers

Personalised banking relationships are essential for farmers

Tsitsikamma dairy farmer, Nigel Lok, has 920 Holsteins producing 25 000ℓ of milk per day, and a total herd of 1 800 cows.
Tea importer’s modern business plan for a classic product

Tea importer’s modern business plan for a classic product

Consumers worldwide are increasingly demanding varied flavours and health benefits from tea. Meeting this demand is what German-based Teehaus Shila excels at. Lloyd Phillips spoke to deputy manager Arpan Chatterjee...
How to handle 240 000 eggs a day

How to handle 240 000 eggs a day

Marco Torsius is one of the founding members of commercial egg supplier TopLay, and a member of the egg committee of the SA Poultry Association. Sabrina Dean visited him to...
Top new grain farmer: from working on a farm to running one

Top new grain farmer: from working on a farm to running...

Grain SA’s 2017 New Era Farmer of the Year, Thulo Mahlatsi, ascribes his success to hard work, careful planning, financial accountability and sound mentoring.
Veld to plate: Profiting from beef exports

Veld to plate: Profiting from beef exports

Not all cuts of beef are considered equal, and where in the world you eat your steak also determines how much you pay. Namibian farming economics consultant Dr Helmke Sartorius...
Obsession drives traditional bow crafter

International success for SA bow maker

Based in the Eastern Cape, Warrick Harvey has rapidly built an international reputation as a crafter of exceptional bows. Mike Burgess spoke to him about his life-long love of archery.
The digital sharing economy: a cheaper way to mechanise

The digital sharing economy: a cheaper way to mechanise

The cost of farm machinery is a major challenge for small-scale and commercial farmers. Nick Hoffman, general manager at Linebooker, and Jehiel Oliver, creator of Hello Tractor, explain how new...
Witzenberg PALS is serious about land reform

Witzenberg PALS is serious about land reform

While farmers in the Western Cape’s Witzenberg district initially started Witzenberg PALS to boost black farm ownership in the region, the company is now also involved in transformation in other...

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‘Classic extreme fire conditions’ in Trompsburg inferno

‘Classic extreme fire conditions’ in Trompsburg inferno

The wildfire that occurred in Trompsburg between 15 and 17 November was a classic example of extreme fire behaviour caused by weather conditions conducive to the development of a fire...

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