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Hand in hand to ‘walk the commercial walk’

Beneficiaries of Rietspruit farm in Heidelberg, Gauteng, have formed partnerships with the former farm owners who are providing hands-on training and mentorship support programmes to help develop the emerging producers into fully fledged agricultural producers.

An olive branch for financial peace of mind

Jannie and Wouter Kriel from Montagu, Western Cape have ensured the commercial viability of their olive farm by buying in and processing olives while waiting for their orchards to mature. Their investment in an oil mill earlier this year has also realised product diversification, business expansion and greater returns. Glenneis Erasmus reports.

Agricultural investment: the key to food security

Comprehensive research into the causes of food insecurity, followed by significant investment in modern commercial farming techniques, is the only way to overcome food insecurity, says Limpopo agriculture MEC Dikeledi Magadzi. Fidelis Zvomuya reports.

Eskom – the power behind a local timber enterprise

Ten years ago Hendrik du Plessis from Die Houtwerf in Brits, North West, started a timber sawing and curing business for marketing to the furniture industry. It has grown to the extent that to be able to use the new, huge electric saws, Eskom has again had to increase the business's power supply.

Female Farmer of the Year -Hard work and sweat pay off

Linda Nghatsane is someone who sees ­opportunity in hard work. Sound financial ­planning, good farming practices and a lot of sweat and tears have finally paid off for this former nurse. Chris Louw visited her on her small farm near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga.

Six-month land negotiations kick in

The expropriation orders served on Gauteng farmer OJ Botha and the ­Lutheran Church this month mark the start of ­applying the government's ­controversial policy of negotiating no longer than six months with owners of land under claim

Calls for state’s help as poverty threatens

Government should focus on the provision of sustainable economic growth within the emerging farming sector by providing services such as farm-to-market linkages and trade and investment promotion, believes Basie Ruben Ntsimane, one of three Grain SA Emerging Grain Producer of the Year finalists. Fidelis Zvomuya speaks to him about meaningful returns for this sector.

Farm saves money

By switching off its computer-controlled irrigation pumps during peak hours, when tariffs are high, Senekal Boerdery of Mkuze in northern KwaZulu-Natal saved R250 000 in 2005 in energy costs.

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