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Farmer’s Weekly brings you the latest farming business and agricultural news updates.

A silver bullet to protect your herds and flocks

Silver hydrogen peroxide is a stable disinfectant with numerous purposes, says Douglas Spinas of Peroxsil Ag+ at Phend Pharmaceuticals. He spoke to Janine Ryan.

Culdevco’s fruit cultivars boost profitability

During the 2022/23 season, South Africa’s fruit producers faced slow supply chains, increased production costs, weather problems, and difficulties with fruit size.

Beef and wine in South Korea: big opportunities for SA exporters

South Korea is one of the world’s least self-sufficient countries in terms of agricultural production. Janine Ryan looks at some of the opportunities in this East Asian country that may await South African farmers and exporters of wine and beef.

The ARC: At the forefront of food security in South Africa

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) is South Africa’s premier agricultural research organisation and the custodian of scientific research in this field on behalf of the South African government and public.

Farmers’ strategies for weathering the flower market storm

Carol Sutherland, a florist for almost 30 years, has seen many changes in South Africa’s flower industry. For this first article of a three-part series, she spoke to Leon Pretorius, manager of Pretorius Blomme near Delmas in Mpumalanga, about how he has adapted his business to an increasingly demanding market.

Manuchar claims a stake in high-precision agriculture

Manuchar has expanded its crop nutrition footprint with the purchase of a 50% stake in Anorel (Pty) Ltd, a distributor of fertilisers for high-precision agriculture. This will enable it to reach more clients in South Africa.

Challenges and opportunities for farming in Senegal

Despite adverse production conditions, Senegal’s agriculture sector is an essential employer. Janine Ryan looks at some of the major commodities produced in this West African country.

Spreading the word: evangelising agriculture

In his recent budget speech and interview with Farmer’s Weekly, Thabo Mokone, MEC of the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, highlighted key outcomes and plans for the department.

The slow transformation of SA’s dairy industry

Effecting change in the dairy industry is not for the short-sighted or faint of heart. Simpiwe Somdyala, CEO of Amadlelo Agri, spoke to Susan Marais about the agricultural investment company’s quest to uplift rural farmers in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and the challenges it faces in the process.

Harnessing the power of technology for smallholder farmers across Africa

Agriculture is critical to economic growth in Africa. According to the United Nations, 65% to 70% of the continent’s workforce is employed by the sector, which accounts for about a third of the continent’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Apply now for the Land Bank’s Blended Finance Scheme!

The Land Bank’s Blended Finance Scheme (BFS) is an exciting new finance programme designed to help developing farmers realise their dream of going commercial.

Astute marketing drives avocado consumption

South Africa’s avocado industry has attained the holy grail in marketing for a non-essential product: getting consumers to feel they need it rather just want it. The resulting sales growth has boosted the industry despite recent economic and supply constraints. Glynnis Branthwaite, owner of Protactic Strategic Communications, and Derek Donkin, CEO of Subtrop, spoke to Lindi Botha about this intensive and ongoing marketing effort.