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In theory, South Africa has strong laws to protect the property ownership and inheritance rights of all women. However, a 2018 study conducted by Bongi Owusu for her master’s dissertation...
If you had hoped to start the year off on a positive note by doing something good for your health and well-being, giving up social media for January might have...
Dr Sifiso Ntombela, a trade economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council, writes that as technological advances are being achieved at an ever-faster rate, countries that fail to invest sufficient...

US agri commodity prices to remain under pressure in 2020

After US farmers faced a challenging year in 2019, there was cautious optimism that the prices of maize, soya bean and wheat could receive a boost from the new trade...

FAO declares 2020 International Year of Plant Health

The cultivation of healthy plants depends on healthy soils, according to Dr Hendrik Smith, a conservation agriculture (CA) facilitator at Grain SA and the Maize Trust.

How virtual reality goggles can improve cows’ well-being

Russian milk producers have developed a new and unexpected solution to dairy output challenges.

Plough for more

National tractor and combine harvester sales for the 2015 calendar year were respectively 12,2% and 36,6% down on sales of the 2014 calendar year.
The Gauteng Stock Theft Forum believes it has identified the man at the head of a syndicate that’s targeted stud cattle farmers in the province over the past few months...
South Africa’s level of ‘economic freedom’ has declined over the past decade. SA is now ranked 75 out of 178 countries in the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, published by...
The Western Cape is set to receive R974 million from National Treasury and the National Disaster Management Centre for disaster recovery programmes and projects.

GE as good as non-GE feed

Although the use of genetically engineered (GE) feedstuff has caused regulatory shake-ups, trade-disruptions and an escalation in non-GE and organic feed prices in many countries, a new study has found...
Steak enthusiasts will have to make their way to South Africa’s East Coast to taste the best beef cuts in South Africa after Little Havana in Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal dethroned...
The government’s mechanisation programme is doomed to failure unless it is project-managed properly and regard is given to the many difficulties of operating machinery in a small-scale environment, says Peter...
Cape Aloes (Aloe ferox) in the Eastern Cape have provided the Xhosa people with medicinal and cosmetic necessities for hundreds of years. Recently their value has been recognised in helping...
South Africa’s municipal fresh produce markets connect those who grow our food with those who eat it, says Dr Justy Range, business development manager, Freshmark Systems. But there’s room for...
Wildlife managers need experience and ability to succeed in this exciting, growing business.
In the Great Karoo you will encounter roughly one human for every 100 sheep, but Francy and Peter Schoeman from Langbaken farm near Williston are breaking the mould with their...
The Agricultural Research Council’s Eastern Cape emerging beef farmer for 2015, Sinako Ntseke, farms on three properties which collectively amount to more than 1 200ha. His passion for farming drives...

A lamb & chilli fix

For some diners the electric tingle of chilli is as essential as salt and pepper. And for this cook, one of the best ways to get your daily chilli fix...

A good start

Jono helps design a 6-10 room lodge for a reader.

The end of the road

The time has come for Abré J Steyn’s last Field Sports. Although it is the end of the road, it it most definitely not the end of his globe-trotting adventures.

How to make Biscotti

Biscotti are what Italians dip into their espresso, because in Italy there are no rusks. Use this recipe to qualify as a baking mafioso, or in time even a don....

Pickled Cucumber

Pickling is a great kitchen experience, producing crunchy, exquisitely sour snacks. I suspect that there’s nothing organic that can’t be pickled. For many diners, crunchy pickled cucumbers are a constant...
In my previous article, I discussed the registration of a non-profit association for agritourism in South Africa. Named the Association for Agritourism in South Africa (AASA), this aims to unite...
Mechanical horse exercisers, from hot horse walkers to the latest programmable devices, offer many advantages over physically walking a horse or letting it loose in a paddock, says Dr Mac.
Pigeon racing can be a pleasurable and financially rewarding pastime, but you need to consider several factors before taking the plunge, says Thomas Smit.
Against all odds, Barries Snijman has tamed the tough Karoo to develop a flock of veld-adapted Angoras that produce quality mohair. Roelof Bezuidenhout reports.
For many years, Frekkie Sentsho had very little option but to accept the deadly effects of poison leaf on his cattle and goats. He explains to Peter Mashala how he...
The routine handling of horses is simplified if you own a crush pen, says Dr Mac.

Beneke Lofts

The multiple award-winning father-and-sons team at Beneke Lofts discusses their partnership and champion racing pigeon lines with Thomas Smit.
The pea leaf miner (Liriomyza huidobrensis) probably originated in South America.
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is funding research to stimulate and sustain the growth and development of minor crops in the province, a move that promises to transform the...
Irrigated wheat is grown by many South African grain farmers in rotation with summer grains such as maize and soya bean. André du Toit, a senior wheat breeder with Pannar...

Revitalising markets

In the past, this column carried numerous appeals for government assistance in saving South Africa’s fresh produce markets.
TechnoServe South Africa is providing small-scale fruit and vegetable growers, who often have difficulty in finding established markets, with a ready market for their produce. The organisation’s operations director, Mandla...
Farmers often draw my attention to ‘weird signs’ on a plant, fearing them to be the start of a devastating virus. A closer examination often reveals the cause to be...

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