The re-evaluation of government spending, although much needed, will not be enough to address South Africa’s immense economic challenges. There also needs to be stronger political will and leadership to...
Tshepo Moloi and Prof Johann Kirsten of the Bureau for Economic Research at Stellenbosch University suggest that a zero-based budgeting approach could offer an opportunity to reassess the role of...
While growth and development initiatives have tended to focus on growing the commercial farming sector, a new school of thought argues for the coexistence of smallholder and commercial farmers to...

Dry weather conditions put pressure on global wheat supply

There is mounting concern about global wheat supplies, as dry weather conditions persist in the Black Sea region, the US and Australia, sending international wheat prices skyrocketing to a near...

Farmer suicide rates increase as pressures on sector mounts

No farmer wants to be the person who loses the multi-generational farm. This was according to Prof Joan Mazur, deputy director of the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury...

Strong resistance to new Indonesian peatland mega farms

Indonesia has started the development of a controversial new, large-scale food estate where rice, maize and other crops will be grown in an effort to mitigate the country's reliance on...

Plough for more

Dr Mogale Sebopetsa will assume the position of new head of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture on 1 April. He takes over from Joyene Isaacs.
Components for the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape, which recently arrived at the Port of Ngqura outside Port Elizabeth, will be transported to the construction site from...
The new CEO of Land Bank will be announced in September, said chairperson Ben Ngubane.
It has been a tough season for apple and pear farmers who have had to cope with heavy rains during the flowering season, which negatively affects fruit quality and the...
While the volatility of national fuel prices cannot guarantee that next month’s predicted fuel price decreases are going to last for long, farmers will welcome whatever they can get.
Food inflation data for April and May has shown a substantial contraction in the price of chicken, while long-life milk and cake flour prices increased.
In a world dominated by size and scale, Bruce and Alison Gilson have found ways to make their small Western Cape farm economically viable. Glenneis Kriel visited them.
Wildlife managers need experience and ability to succeed in this exciting, growing business.
Breeding association Konsortium Merino recently announced a breakthrough strategy to ensure its members’ success over the next decade. This entails new forms of ownership to overcome the growing difficulties associated...
The theft of agricultural produce costs South African farmers billions of rand a year, not only through the loss of produce, but in additional expenses, such as fencing, to improve...
Despite lacking farming experience, Carole Kirkwood Pretorius converted a rundown Karoo farm into a small but commercially viable enterprise in only six years.
The free 911 Response24 app will now enable you to get the help and information you need with regards to COVID-19.

Basic two-bedroom house

I got a call from Makwati in Serowe, Botswana. He said that he regularly bought the Farmer’s Weekly to see Hillbilly Homes, but that it mostly featured large, expensive-to-build homes.
Dear Jonno Thank you for the initial sketches you sent me for my idea of a u-shaped lodge building. Here is my plan for moving the thatched area of the...
Jonno designed an A-frame home, with stonework outer walls for Cassie.

The famous flattie

Why did the chicken cross the road? It wanted to be a flattie. A feeble joke, I grant you, but here is one heck of a fine way to cook...
Mastering the stir-fry is what you should be doing in your post-braaivlei phase of development.
I got a call from a couple in the Midlands who bought a farm with the most magnificent view of the Drakensberg, writes Jonno.
The aquaculture development zones proposed by government are not the way to develop the sector.

Worth a try

Got a fussy eater? Want to help your horse retain its shiny coat? Try flax! by Kim Dyson.
Late to the game, South African fish farms are beginning to offer tasty, well-presented products that are attracting more and more consumers.

Breeding your mare

Eager to hear the clatter of little hooves? Kim Dyson discusses the basics of putting your mare in foal.

Bombproofing your horse

Here’s how you can teach your horse to get used to strange objects and loud noises, provided you treat your horse sympathetically.
High nitrate levels acidify the soil, leading to an abundance of weeds. Dr Mac explains how to manage this, and prevent it from occurring.
A shortage of nitrogen is the single most common reason for a cabbage crop not reaching its full yield potential. This applies equally to the quantity applied as to how...
The establishment of an almond-processing facility in Robertson has the potential to turn South Africa into a leading exporter of these nuts. Stephan and Hans le Roux of Amanteco Almonds...
One of the most difficult diseases to control in capsicums is powdery mildew.
With a looming water crisis and an expanding macadamia industry, the obvious question arises: where will the water for the new orchards come from? A recent groundbreaking study shows that...
Grant Pringle, an agronomist with Pannar Seed, tells Lloyd Phillips how a farmer can get the best out of a silage maize crop by using the correct planting and management...
Izak de Beer may be one of only a few farmers in Olifantsriver in the Western Cape who is making a profit out of wine grapes. Creative use of mechanisation...
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