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Charter: business size clarified

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should announce how it intends determining whether a farming business is characterised as large, medium or small for the purposes of AgriBEE by the end of the month

Issue Date: 2 February 2007

Empowerment: the secret to its success

'You're either in, or you're out!' Glenneis Erasmus reports on the Hex River Valley farmers and ­farmworkers who are 'in' and making transformation work.

Milking better health and learning for all South Africans

The dairy industry and various government departments are hoping to join forces to introduce a school milk ­progamme to improve the health and learning abilities of South Africa's children.

An agricultural odyssey Down Under

It's big, it's flat, it's a land of extremes - including blistering droughts. But while farming remains a ­fundamental part of Australian life, it has taken a heavy toll on the enviroment. Chris and Mathilde Stuart take a tour of ­Australia and discovered problems that make South African farmers' woes seem almost manageable.

Living his farming dream among sticks and stones

'Farming is not for sissies', says emerging ­commercial farmer André Thops of Olyfkloof farm in the Hex River Valley. He sites the lack of cash flow and access to funds as the key restraining factors experienced by ­emerging farmers. To counter these factors he diversifies his wine grape, olive and broiler chicken operations with cash crops.

Effective management: the key to emu excellence

Following the article“Untapped emu oil well -a lucrative alternative?”published in Farmer's Weekly on 19 October 2006, SA emu farmer Shane Trollope was inundated with more than 300 enquiries about this new and potentially lucrative enterprise. As a result Shane and the SA Emu Association hosted an Emu Information Day on his farm. Lloyd Phillips discovers some valuable management tips for aspirant emu farmers.

From gardener to Farmer of the Year

Ponki Makanita has recently been crowned as Breedplan Emerging Farmer of the Year in Bloemfontein. Wayne Southwood reports on his remarkable journey from gardener and lorry driver to successful top farmer.

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.

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