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Since South African agriculture converted from control boards to the free market system in the 1990s, farmers have had to learn how to contend with extreme volatility on commodity markets....
South Africa’s food poverty line, also known as the extreme poverty line, which refers to the amount of money that an individual will need to afford the minimum required daily...
Obtaining environmental authorisation with the help of technical consultants prior to expanding farming operations on virgin soil will help farmers avoid prosecution that could lead to hefty fines or even...
No-deal Brexit could cost UK agri sector around R15,7 billion a year

No-deal Brexit could cost UK agri sector around R15,7 billion a...

In the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’, UK farmers will struggle to survive unless they receive a significant increase in government support.
Taking rooftop farming to the next level in Paris

Taking rooftop farming to the next level in Paris

Paris’ flagship farming project is nearing completion, with the city preparing to become home to one of the world’s largest urban agricultural operations.
African swine fever threatens Eastern European pork industry

African swine fever threatens Eastern European pork industry

In an effort to halt the spread of the deadly African swine fever (AFS) virus across Eastern Europe, more than 120 000 pigs have been culled in Bulgaria.

Plough for more

Following the August 2014 announcement of South Africa’s first ever commercially grown black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) in the Dullstroom area of Mpumalanga, the Western Cape can now lay claim to...
Groundnut production in SA has declined to its lowest levels since 1946.
Growth in the agricultural industry declined by 12,6% in the third quarter of 2015, and agricultural economists fear the sector will struggle to pull itself out of recession in 2016.
The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has welcomed an investigation by the Public Protector into the fishing rights allocation process, as requested by the DA earlier this week.
Tropical cyclone Dineo, which is expected to hit South Africa later today, has weakened significantly and has been downgraded to a tropical depression.
The rand’s recent drop against the US dollar could see local farmers scrambling to buy imported agricultural machinery.
According to some, there is a viable alternative to Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s controversial 50:50 land reform proposal. With this option, the land holds its value and farmers can improve economies...
Balgowan poultry farmer Rodney Smith picked an unconventional approach when it came to upgrading his egg packhouse to meet stringent food safety standards.
South Africa is seeing renewed interest in crocodile farming, with skins fetching attractive prices. There is a growing international demand for the product, and SA may be at an advantage.
Eastern Cape's Umnga flats was once a highly productive commercial farming area. But it slipped into decay in the early 1980s, when commercial farmers were relocated and the farms were...
A South African company, CLC Solar Wind Energy, has recently developed a cost-effective gasifier to allow farmers to generate electricity from wood or stone fruit pits. Chris Coetzee, project manager...
To most people Gauteng would not bring to mind the image of lush crop fields or technologically advanced agriculture. Yet the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment (GDACE) has...

A house of steel?

Jonno suggests that when building a house don't use steel to support the structure. Steel or a metal frames should be used for farm shedding, barns, etc.
Ben Freeth tells the story of how he and his two sons set out on a fund-raising expedition across the Makgadikgadi salt pans on a home-built go-kart.
When parts of a message are important, we highlight the letters in red and when a certain day is special we call it a red-letter day.Issue Date: 30 March 2007
FW reader Peter has found the perfect spot in the Karoo to build six cottages. He asks Jonno to assist with the design.
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...

Traditional Lesotho guesthouse

Lekanyane plans on building a traditional guesthouse in Lesotho with stone walls and a thatched roof. Have a look at Jonno's design plans.
Competitive behaviour is human nature. Deep inside all riders, there is a desire to compete in shows. You polish yourself and your horse, you practise until you’re sure that you’re...
Ron Thomson has written a refreshing and hard-hitting book to remind hunters, game ranchers and ordinary nature lovers where they fit into the bigger conservation picture. Roelof Bezuidenhout reviews a...
The SA Million Dollar Pigeon Race (SAMDPR) is about more than just pigeons. In the words of race director and founder Zandy Meyer: “It’s a meeting place for bakers and...
You hear the shot of the rifle and feel the recoil, but the animal runs. What should you do now? To learn about tracking, Gerhard Uys spoke to Willem van...
The technology used to produce African tilapias in Asia is simple but effective. What relevance does it have for fish farming in South Africa?
An increase in water temperature means a depletion in oxygen levels. How do tunnel-based fish farms cope with extreme heat and ensure that fish receive their required oxygen levels?
The ZZ2 farming business’s nature-friendly agricultural practices have secured it a reputation as a world leader in the field. Wilma den Hartigh visited ZZ2’s farm in Limpopo to find out...
Maize farmers mustn't plant themselves out of business, but rather diversify to other crops and livestock for long-term survival, says Tom van Rooyen, a 2010 Grain SA Grain Producer of...
Senescence is the aging of fruit and vegetables until final decay, when they have to be discarded.

UK Marketing agents envy us

Along with several other fresh produce sector colleagues, I recently had the pleasure of addressing a group of visiting UK potato farmers and traders hosted by Potatoes SA.
Western Cape finalists for 2012 Grain Producer of the Year, Francois and Pieter Eksteen, who farm in the Rooi Karoo near Piketberg, follow in the pioneering footsteps of their father,...

Making markets work for you

For years I've been carrying on about the importance of using a fresh-produce commission market properly if you want it to work for you, so let's take a look at...

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