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In May this year, The Economist ran a cover story that said that the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.
Improving the efficiency of smallholder farmers in Africa is necessary not only to help grow African economies, but also to improve the livelihoods of these farmers and their families. However,...
Labour relations in the farming sector made headlines again these past few weeks after news broke of an unscrupulous labour broker operating from a farm in Wesselsbron in the Free...
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Project to grow India’s world-leading dairy industry

Project to grow India’s world-leading dairy industry

The Indian government approved a Rs108,8 billion (R22,4 billion) 12-year plan, from 2017/2018 to 2028/2029, to grow its dairy industry, already the largest in the world.
Call to arms for global dairy industry

Call to arms for global dairy industry

Dairy plays a key role in feeding the world and the industry must respond dynamically and forcefully on a global level to those who challenge its nutritional and environmental integrity.
Stop blaming us for river pollution – New Zealand farmers

Stop blaming us for river pollution – New Zealand farmers

New Zealand farmers are fighting back from environmental militants’ claims that they are solely responsible for poor water quality in the country’s rivers and streams.

Plough for more

The South African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) represented the agriculture sector at the 46th World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, recently.
Agriculture presented an opportunity for business expansion in Africa as a whole David Hodnett, of the Barclays Africa Group, said at the recent Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Connections conference.
The Kruger National Park (KNP) lost a pack of 16 African wild dogs, known as the Lower Sabie pack, towards the weekend of 21-22 May, to canine distemper.
Landowners in South Africa’s winter fire areas should be prepared for what is expected to be a difficult 2017 season.
New Zealand experts in pasture-based dairy farming recently shared their knowledge with South African producers at a number of farmers’ days.
Fraud of more than R7,5 million was recently uncovered at the Joburg Fresh Produce Market.
An Eastern Cape distributor is marketing a unique maize seed pack to communal homestead maize producers with notable success. Mike Burgess visited Border Seed Distributors to investigate why this product...
Feeling let down by government policing efforts, a group of farmers in rural KwaZulu-Natal have established their own innovative and successful system to fight stock theft between the province and...
Farmer Tom Turner runs an unsual mixed farming operation with his father Frank Turner near Wellington in the Western Cape. By working with and for the sake of nature, Bontebok...
Kola le Roux has loved bees ever since seeing his grandfather’s hives in the eastern Free State more than 60 years ago. Today he manages more than 2 000 hives, from...
Jatropha is a hardy, high oil content crop with serious potential for biodiesel production in South Africa. But as it is classified as a noxious weed, large-scale cultivation has also...
Noliqwa Nhlapo, runner-up in the 2013 Eskom Development Foundation Business Investment Competition, was forced to change direction from piggery to egg production due to land constraints. But she never lost...
Recently, two game farm owners – from Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively – asked me to design two-bedroom, self-catering accommodation units for hunters and off-season visitors to their farms.
In my previous article, I discussed the registration of a non-profit association for agritourism in South Africa. Named the Association for Agritourism in South Africa (AASA), this aims to unite...
I recently received a call from Angela, inviting me to attend a site meeting in a Durban suburb to discuss the design of two cottages on her property for possible...

Modern boozy berry trifle

Here's our take on the traditional trifle, mixed with the secret ingredient... Amarula Cream. Try this delicious recipe now.
There’s not much one can do when cauliflower au gratin makes its umpteenth comeback to the dinner table, except to look hopefully in the general direction of the kitchen. Perhaps...

Old Platanna

Chameleons may look like mini dinosaurs, but they're a highly evolved kind of lizard with unique abilities, "modifications" and "specs". But their numbers in South Africa are declining, writes Abré...
As always, the warmer weather has brought a crop of pests. Kim Dyson provides a useful list of plants that act as natural insect repellents.
Visiting the Kruger National Park in December is a highly rewarding experience, says Annelie Coleman.
Jannie Breytenbach’s Goedvoor Nguni Stud near Marble Hall is best known for setting a South African record price for an Nguni cow and calf sold for R86 000 in 2007....
Boer goat stud breeder Johan Boshoff uses production data as a valuable tool to breed a new generation of goats to take his herd, the breed, and the industry forward....
Elnora Crous explains to Glenneis Kriel how laparoscopic insemination has helped to accelerate genetic progress in the Dohne Merino stud on their family farm, Jongensklip, near Caledon.
Stephan Voigts, owner of the historic Voigtland Simmentaler herd in Namibia bases his breeding objectives on the commercial cattleman’s requirements. The commercial sector determines the value of any cattle breed,...
In days gone by, it was common practice for a youngster to work alongside his father or uncle in a market agency and learn the trade in that way.
Regular readers of this column will know that I am strongly opposed to political interference in markets.
When it comes to vegetables, choosing the right nitrogen fertiliser is extremely important. For many US agronomists, ammonium sulphate is the fertiliser of choice.
Good carrot seed is expensive and it’s therefore important to provide optimal conditions for germination.

Consistency of supply

I rate consistency as one of the ‘Big Five’ in fresh produce marketing, along with supply, demand, quality and communication.
Farming granadillas can be profitable, but growers should realise that the crop requires intensive management and significant capital investment. Wilma den Hartigh visited Kosie Eloff’s farm in Limpopo to find...

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