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There is ‘no silver bullet’ to address South Africa’s plastic conundrum, according to Lorren de Kock, project manager for the circular plastics economy at the Worldwide Fund for Nature –...
The Agricultural Outlook 2019-2028, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, provides a 10-year prospect for agricultural markets at the national,...
The local agriculture sector has emerged over the past two decades as a major asset in what has become an otherwise ailing economy.
New Zealand adds methane loophole for farmers in carbon bill

New Zealand adds methane loophole for farmers in carbon bill

New Zealand’s parliament has approved a Bill that commits the country to being carbon neutral by the year 2050.
Widespread protests against ‘farmer bashing’ in the EU

Widespread protests against ‘farmer bashing’ in the EU

In the latest incident in a string of protests across Europe during the past few weeks, farmers took to the streets of Paris, France on Wednesday and blocked the city’s...

Severe onion shortages lead to protest action in India

The federal government in India has approved 120 000t in onion imports to supplement supplies as severe shortages hit the domestic market.

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New MD for GWK

Pieter Spies has been appointed as agribusiness GWK’s new managing director following the departure of Johan van Wyk. Spies will join the company on 1 June.
Agri SA is of the opinion that it was not fair and equitable to encumber fellow land owners in a district with the financial burden of land reform undertaken in...
Beneficiaries of the North West Nguni Cattle Project are going from strength to strength and have won several awards in the 2015 Agricultural Research Council (ARC) National Beef Performers competition.
Government has no intention of expropriating land without compensation.
Grain SA received 425 new applications for exhibition space for the 2019 Nampo Harvest Day, which was taking place from 14 to 17 May.
The allocation from National Treasury to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) will decrease from just under R11 billion in 2019/2020 to R10,67 billion in the 2020/21...
Mining pollution threatens to turn Loskop Dam into the largest toxic acid lake in Africa, as decades of coal mining on the Mpumalanga Highveld starts to catch up with us....
Springfield Farm has invested in learnerships for its workers, has an open-door policy for agriculture students, and offers mentorships to emerging farmers.
Farmers Kabelo and Matshidiso Mooketsi had no previous agricultural knowledge before they began working on a communal farm in 2008. Despite a lack of experience and a difficult introduction to...
Government should focus on the provision of sustainable economic growth within the emerging farming sector by providing services such as farm-to-market linkages and trade and investment promotion, believes Basie Ruben...

Prepare for climate change

According to various climate change models, the average temperature in South Africa will increase by 2°C within the next 40 years and by as much as 6°C within the next...
Gelukwaarts School near Van Stadensrus in the Free State was launched by commercial farmers in the late 1990s to serve their workers’ children. Sunet Wessels spoke to Mike Burgess about...
Yolande fell in love with a 'Peter Pan' styled house she had seen in an issue of Farmer's Weekly. She asks Jonno if he can design a house similar to...
Themba and his wife own a 15ha piece of land on which they live and farm near Stutterheim. They have been using the farm as a Bible training centre for...

A modern take on ‘kapstyl’

Jonno assists Rodgers this week by designing a three-bedroom house with a gable roof covered with inverted box rib roofing sheets.


Sound always carries a message in the animal kingdom and the design of an animal's ear tells us something about its habitat, writes Abré J Steyn.

Practical home features

Practical features, which provides character to a home.

Low-key bachelor pads

Jonno helps Linda with plans for no-nonsense bachelor pads.

When your horse needs an X-ray

Radiographs are needed for diagnosis or pre-purchase examinations of horses, says Dr Mac.
The Dormer, one of the most popular mutton sheep breeds in SA today, has an interesting history.
The Highveld Horse Care Unit cares for neglected equines. Farryn Day of the unit says that a lack of education is the main reason for the mistreatment of these animals.
Nkosemntu Nika, who farms in the Winterberg near Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape, is the first black Eastern Cape farmer to become a Brangus stud breeder. Mike Burgess spoke to...

For the love of Mohair

In an industry with a history of sustainability and ethics, one thing stands out more than anything else: love.

Speed up conservation

SA National Parks (SANParks), which is responsible for managing SA’s conservation treasures, came under criticism from organised agriculture recently.
Efficient in-field mechanisation is a major contributor to higher yield and lower production costs. Unfortunately, mechanisation also means that machinery wheels regularly compact the soil. According to precision farming specialist...
Carrot fertilisation is very different to fertilisation in other vegetable crops. It’s crucial to understand this when evaluating a soil analysis prior to fertilising.

What is ‘VAC’?

‘VAC’ is my acronym. It stands for ‘visibility, availability and credibility’, and refers to the need for a market manager (MM) to be on the market floor as frequently as...
Shadrack Mbele has been getting good returns from sugar bean since first planting it in 2014. Sabrina Dean visited him in the eastern Free State to find out more about...
"Sustainability requires us to adapt to, and adopt, new values and trading practices."
The trust relationship between producer and market agent is the oil that lubricates the fresh produce engine.

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