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A new class of emerging farmer working the land on municipal commonages have similarities to the ‘kulaks’, the highly productive, early 20th century entrepreneurial Russian farmers drawn from the peasantry....
Any person who has endured tragedy will know that bewildering feeling that settles in soon after the traumatic event when you realise that for other people, and the world around...
The Agribusiness Africa Conference will be hosted by Farmer’s Weekly for the third time this year in Johannesburg on 10 July.
France declares natural disaster after storms devastate crops

France declares natural disaster after storms devastate crops

A state of natural disaster has been declared in parts of France after severe storms hit the south-east of the country on Saturday, devastating crops and killing two people while...
New UN agreement aims to stem the tide of desertification

New UN agreement aims to stem the tide of desertification

A collaboration agreement to safeguard water and soil resources, while fighting desertification, was signed by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the New Development Bank (NDB) on Monday...
Worst locust invasion in Sardinia for 60 years

Worst locust invasion in Sardinia for more than 60 years

Millions of locusts have invaded the Italian island of Sardinia, with the province of Nuoro the worst hit.

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It was likely that some genetically modified (GM) maize was less susceptible to fall armyworms.
With an expected 70 000 people attending this year’s Nampo Harvest Day, Bothaville and surrounds will be packed.
By the end of August, South African producers will again be able to export fresh ostrich meat to the EU.
Zimbabwe is evaluating the efficacy of a new, more energy-efficient method of curing tobacco with a view to switching from traditional approaches that burn too much coal and firewood.
Agricultural minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has caused ructions within her department by suspending two more staff members.
Judith Isele (36) has been named as the Namibian Agricultural Union’s 2015 Young Farmer of the Year.
Changes in consumers’ priorities, and the growth of South Africa’s black middle class, make it crucial for agribusinesses to re-evaluate their approach to food production, sales and marketing. Prof John...
Former extension officer, Sithembele Malgas, started farming in the Idutywa area of the former Transkei in 1990. Today, he produces cabbages, spinach and butternut in rotation on 3,5ha under irrigation...
Alex Whyte, marketing manager of Green and Gold Nuts is convinced that the industry has potential for significant growth.
The pig farmer can ensure maximum survival by understanding and meeting the piglets' needs.
After losing his job four years ago, textile worker Mike Moloto set out to provide for his family by starting a farming operation. Initially, things were tough, but he made...
In the final part of this series, Peter Hittersay offers advice on how to drive and operate a tractor safely, as well as keep it clean and in good condition.
Jonno sketches a rough layout for a simple yet stylish home. The design is cost-effective, which allows for further renovations at a later stage.
There’s a mysterious colonel down our street who sells this by the bucketful. Given the complexity of the Deep South of the US, there are many variations of this much-loved...

Fabulous fish pie

You don’t have to live on the beach to enjoy this delicious meal, since the fishy parts come straight out of the supermarket freezer. And to make it even easier,...

Farm-style design

I received a call from Chris, who said he and his wife are purchasing a cattle farm in North West. They want a home which allows for catering, sub-letting, letting...
Good day Jonno We are keen to proceed with the development of our property at a mountain estate in North West. We have draft plans and have attached a picture of...
Frankly, the last thing a fatty like myself should be doing is baking little coconut meringue tarts. But there comes a time in the affairs of beginner cooks when the...
Laminitis often has devastating consequences for your horse's ability to work. If it's too severe, your horse may even have to be put down, writes Dr Mac.
If not treated in time, this kind of swelling can ruin a show horse’s career, warns Kim Dyson.
By mid-February, SA will have five indigenous goat breeds. The Indigenous Veld Goat will soon be officially registered as a breed and a breeders' society established. Issue Date:9 February 2007
Unfortunately, the developmental disease osteochondritis dissecans is quite common and can cause your horse severe discomfort.
Neels Nel has been breeding Damara sheep near Groblersdal in Limpopo for almost 25 years. Today, his Krinkhout Stud, which has consistently won South African champion titles over the years,...
Holomo Lebona believes that Bonsmaras' adaptability makes them exceptional investments.
Having already addressed bollworms, this week we discuss the control of aphid, cutworm and leaf miner in lettuce crops.

Watch out for weeds

The appearance of one or two unknown weeds on my land has reminded me of the danger of leaving them unattended just because they appear to pose no threat due...
Basic fertilisation for capsicums should be adjusted according to a good soil analysis. If you don’t do this, you’ll waste fertiliser and perhaps exacerbate already unbalanced soil fertility.
"With onions, in the early stages, you need just enough nitrogen to keep the colour of the leaves right."
Over the past year or so, several new market agencies have opened on some of the bigger markets.
Farmers have long been advised to use standard fertiliser mixtures for crops as a matter of course.

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