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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

A study conducted by Rabobank International and published in Future of Farming shows that in the US the average age of a farmer in 1974 was 45.
With the high unemployment rate in South Africa, government has implemented the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) to encourage businesses to employ more youngsters.
The wildlife ranching industry is aiming to reposition itself as an important contributor to South Africa’s GDP and policy decision making processes on issues that affect the sector.
Consumers need a better understanding of agriculture and the work done by farmers and workers, it was said at the launch of this year’s Bien Donné Agri Cape Week. Denene...
The new CEO of Land Bank will be announced in September, said chairperson Ben Ngubane.
Zimbabwean commercial farmers whose farms were taken under President Robert Mugabe’s controversial land reform programme were seeking dialogue with the government to revive the country’s struggling agricultural sector.
Instead of competing against each other, small-scale farmers should work together to earn more.
Jasmyn in Hartbeespoort has grown from a double garage-size farm stall to a farmers’ market of choice for fresh food lovers in the Gauteng area. The farm and shop are...
Jerome Thomas, Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year, started his career as a general labourer on Kanonkop Estate 15 years ago. He now works as a supervisor and serves...
A small dairy research farm near Gulu in northern Uganda is benefiting from the expertise of a large US-based dairy operation, Country Dairy. On a recent trip to South Africa,...
Lifting poverty and creating jobs through small agribusiness growth is on Dr Lekau Mphasha’s agenda. He talks to Peter Mashala.
For six months every year, the Eberts family and other contract harvesters are on the road, cutting crops for farmers across the American Midwest, from the Texas border in the...

Stylish homes in Mozambique

I had a call from a prospective housing developer in Mozambique. He required plans for easy-to-build, cost-effective and stylish homes for the local community.
Kids! Don�t try this at home! Paging through glossy cook books, double-page spreads in larney magazines and watching slick food shows on television, you would never guess that the gourmands...
New ideas for chicken are always welcome, and this one’s a real winner, especially when accompanied by buttery, garlic-enhanced mashed potato. Here’s a delicious winter warmer that’s guaranteed to earn...
Dear Jonno We really need your help: our thatch home burnt down! Please find attached the photo of what is left as well as the old plan of the house....
I was invited to Pongola to help choose a site and design a new home for Ria and Gippie. They had recently been paid out for their land claim farm...
Dear Jonno We would appreciate it if you would consider posting a suggested design for us in your next article. We would like to build a small home in Hillcrest in...

Hunting & the law

Landowners and trophy and biltong hunters should ensure they are up to date with the legal requirements for carrying ammunition and transporting meat as well as the environmental conservation ordinances.
Parasites play an important part in natural ecosystems, and wildlife can bear their tick burdens and still stay healthy - if humans stop interfering. So says Professor Ivan Horak (left)...
You can’t reach the top of your game without top racing pigeons, says Thomas Smit.
During the drought of 2006, Paul Bester, head of ZZ2’s transformation initiative was approached by civil engineer Element Mashai and his partner Elvis Ramolo, who owned a herd outside Polokwane....
We take a look at the importance of racing performance, natural selection and human intervention in pigeon breeding.
Beware of these plants and flowers –they might be toxic to your horse.

Carrot root diseases

Your carrot crop is looking good. You can almost hear the money cascading into your bank account. Then you harvest it – and all that profit vanishes.
Peter Da Rocha farms cauliflower, broccoli and lettuce near Delmas in Mpumalanga. The operation's focus on cultivar selection for better production efficiency has had a significant impact on the business’s...
When I first began planting tomatoes in soil in tunnels, the soil was infested with eelworm, which killed susceptible varieties before they could even start producing.
As I write this, the new draft Agricultural Produce Marketing Agencies Bill (APMA) is under public review. The department of agriculture, which is ‘driving’ the bill, has met with many...
Dear black market agents, over the years I’ve met most of you and have noticed two consistent themes.
The soya bean cultivar best adapted to a specific area will provide the best yield and quality. The ARC national soya bean cultivar trials are valuable in determining the most...

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