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The latest tractor sales figures released by the South African Agricultural Machinery Association showed that year-to-date tractor sales were significantly down from last year, with the number of tractors sold...
All things considered, the farming sector in South Africa has not performed too poorly in terms of job losses since the turn of the century. According to Statistics South Africa,...
Driven by shrinking arable land, a shift to the consumption of non-meat proteins, and several other factors, ersatz meat products are set to disrupt the lucrative global meat industry. According...
The 2019 Polagra Food and Polagra Tech International Trade Fair in Poznań, Poland

50 000 visitors for Poland’s largest food fair

More than 50 000 visitors attended the recent Polagra Food and Polagra Tech International Trade Fair for food and catering products, as well as food technology, held at the Poznań...
Warming climate puts trendy Austrian wine at risk

Warming climate puts trendy Austrian wine at risk

One of the world’s trendiest wines, Grὕner Veltliner, produced in vineyards on the hills surrounding the town of Langenlois in Lower Austria, is under threat from a rapidly changing climate.
Farmer protest brings traffic to a standstill in The Hague

Farmer protest brings traffic to a standstill in The Hague

Farmers in the Netherlands caused an unprecedented traffic jam as they converged on The Hague in their tractors last week to protest against Dutch Liberal Party MP Tjeert de Groot...

Plough for more

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DARD) recently expanded its seed bank project to the North West. This was the third seed bank project in the country,...
Good rains were reported in Namibia during the first week of January, but the rains were sporadic and some parts of the country remained desperately dry, said Sakkie Coetzee, CEO...
Farmers, politicians, as well as agribusiness people from all over Africa attended the 2017 Agribusiness Africa Conference brought to you by Farmer's Weekly. In case you missed out, we compiled...
A new needle-free injection system, which uses pneumatic technology and thereby reduces animal handling and stress during the administering of vaccinations to sheep and goats, has been tested in the...
The R610 000 that was raised at the annual VKB agribusiness Annual Golf Day was vital to ensure the Free State Agriculture (FSA) VKB Safety Desk could continue to offer...
At the first public meeting of the new Farm Worker Forum, nearly 1 000 farm workers gathered to condemn the recent violent strikes and the union leaders claiming to represent workers....
Competition in a fresh produce market is tough, and most BEE market agents fail to survive their first year. Gugu Hadebe and Danny Geral are the exception. Quitting their jobs...

A desire to succeed

Zabion de Wee graduated from the Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute last year and is doing an internship with the National Wool Growers' Association. An ambitious young man, he has plans...
Phirdy Motala, owner of Farmyard Honey Factory, says that innovation and creativity are crucial for the success of small-scale beekeepers. Her business approach has resulted in a flourishing operation, and...
Cape Town-based entrepreneur Wynand Odendaal says spekboom is ready to take the carbon market by storm – and earn some farmers big money. Roelof Bezuidenhout reports.
Hortfin was launched in October last year to create jobs and accelerate transformation in South Africa’s deciduous fruit, table grape and wine industries. Michael Brinkhuis, CEO of Hortfin, spoke to...
Following the article“Untapped emu oil well -a lucrative alternative?”published in Farmer's Weekly on 19 October 2006, SA emu farmer Shane Trollope was inundated with more than 300 enquiries about this...
Sandstone Estates is a real gem in the Free State agritourism crown. The estate was established in 1995 on farmland in the eastern Free State, owned by the Wille Family...
To make cauliflower mash with chicken livers and chorizo sausage for four, you will need: For the mashed cauliflower: 1 head of cauliflower 2 cloves garlic 50g grated hard cheese...

A cosy garden hideaway

Avid Farmer's Weekly readers Bashi and his wife want to build a small, thatched rondavel in a quiet corner of their existing property.
Roy's new home is on a farm surrounded by forests. To match the surroundings he wants a thatched roof. Read on to find out what design Jonno has come up...
Jonno designed an A-frame home, with stonework outer walls for Cassie.
I received a call from a Farmer’s Weekly reader in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to design an upmarket lodge developnment. After browsing through my many conceptual sketches and consulting with the...
Equine leukoencephalomalacia is a deadly disease sometimes found in mouldy maize stover, cautions Dr Mac.

Acupuncture for equines

When acupuncture is used to stimulate specific points along affected energy channels, blockages are opened and the normal flow of energy is restored, says Kim Dyson.
Space is limited on the island of Réunion. Farms are small, and farming is intensive and diversified. Yet, assisted by subsidies from France, farmers supply nearly half the island’s meat...
The socio-economic dynamics of an ever-growing and increasingly globalised human population are placing increasing demands on the world’s livestock producers. German Agricultural Society president, Carl-Albrecht Bartmer, explored these issues at...
A research team is investigating the possibility of vaccinating wildlife populations against rabies.

Lessons in breeding

Janneman Kitching enjoyed a swift rise to fame in pigeon racing and his methods have much to teach beginners and struggling fanciers, notes Thomas Smit
The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) recently announced the resignation of Marianne van der Laarse as its Southern Africa representative.

Revitalising local chicory

Imported, inferior-quality chicory has severly hurt local production. Almost half South Africa's producers left the industry in the last few years, causing a huge drop in production. But Chicory SA's...
The implementation of regenerative agriculture principles is allowing a growing number of farmers to reduce their inputs while producing similar or even better yields than they would have produced if...
The list that follows is by no means complete, but should serve as a guide to any producer who wants to check if they’re getting the best value for their...
As I write, the markets are awash with produce. Prices have tumbled in many cases. Our mild winter has resulted in extended production periods for some crops, which has meant...
You don’t fertilise cucurbits solely according to the plant’s requirements – you also have to take into account the soil’s fertility.

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