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South Africa’s latest minister of finance, Tito Mboweni, will have the unenviable task of trying to find at least some good news to share with financially exhausted South Africans when...
Food and nutrition insecurity remains a major problem worldwide. Alan Dangour, Professor in Food and Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explains how...
Dan Kriek, the president of Agri SA, has had to weather some harsh criticism this year from within his own organisation, as well as from outside.
World Food Day

World Food Day highlights zero hunger goal

Every year on 16 October, World Food Day is commemorated, which forms part of World Food Week from 15 – 19 October, with this year's theme titled ‘Our actions are...
Countries resolve to eradicate sheep and goat plague by 2030

Countries resolve to eradicate sheep and goat plague by 2030

More than 45 countries recently renewed their commitment to help eradicate sheep and goat plague, also known as peste des petits ruminants (PPR), by 2030.
Hygiene is the top food concern among UK consumers

Hygiene is the top food concern among UK consumers

A Food Standards Agency survey among consumers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland found that food hygiene was the top food safety concern for UK consumers when eating out.

Plough for more

Agribusiness NWK is funding a project launched by the South Africa Day Project in order to contribute to the regeneration of the Coligny town and community in North West province.
The strike at Robertson Winery is entering its second week, with striking workers refusing to work until their demand for a monthly salary of R8 500 was met.
South Africa needs to manage agricultural produce trade agreements with the UK carefully after Brexit, as the country is but one of many competing for UK markets, says agri-economist Dr...
Northern Cape farmer Attie Scholtz has been named the 2013 Agri SA/Toyota SA Young Farmer of the Year.
Botswana dairy farmers are hoping government will introduce a milk import tax to protect local producers.
Stock theft in Stella has escalated to such an extent farmers have been forced to the brink of bankruptcy, according to the National Stock Theft Prevention Forum (NSTPF) of SA.
North Africa is a market with rising incomes, a growing number of sophisticated consumers, increasingly open economies, and ever-greater Internet access. Cornelis van der Waal, chief research officer at Wesgro,...
The current low maize price, with supply greatly exceeding demand, is a problem for most maize farmers. Henry-Ben Rheede, Standard Bank’s agricultural adviser for the northern Free State shares some...

Bringing up broilers

Robyn Joubert visited Hanbury Chickens, a family-run broiler business in KwaZulu- Natal. Modest and efficient, the Hanburys use modern methods to get the most out of their birds - guaranteeing...
Lawrence Maduna (65), the Agricultural Research Council’s Eastern Cape Emerging Beef Farmer for 2014, farms a Bonsmara-dominated herd of 160 breeding females in the Lady Grey district of the Eastern...
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...
The milling operation started out of necessity. Today a successful business, here are lessons from an expert on maize meal and animal feed milling.
Jonno designs a single storey mechanically movable house for Lorna who is relocating to Zimbabwe.

Madumbi in a creamy sauce

Madumbi, or the more accurate plural, amadumbe, is the rhizome that made KwaZulu-Natal famous. These flavoursome nuggets grow in our vegetable garden and can be found in fresh produce outlets...

A retirement home

Dear Jonno I enjoy your articles in Farmer’s Weekly, and am quite amazed at the variety of ideas and suggestions you always come up with. My wife and I would like...

Dukkah: spice of life

Dukkah is an Egyptian snack, designed to be crunchily consumed with crusty bread, limpid olive oil and the Ethiopian coffee of your dreams.
Farmers who start agritourism businesses are entrepreneurs and should acquire good marketing skills.

Hush!

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.
Before embarking on a project, have a practical and sensible understanding of the funds and skills available to you. Do your research before identifying partners, mentors and an appropriate system.
Agri Northern Cape Young Farmer of the Year finalist Johann Bekker says a reliable water supply is crucial for successful commercial sheep farming in the western Kalahari. Annelie Coleman visited...
Free State dairy farmer Mick Quin has managed to grow his business by more than 800% at a time when many inland producers are struggling to survive. His secret, as...
Many horses that fail to return to their original work after a back injury simply haven’t been given enough time to recover, says Kim Dyson.
Catfish, silver barbel and other fish have farming potential, but there are obstacles.
Implementing an integrated fly control programme can prevent overwintering fly populations from exploding in spring and help to improve udder health and reduce somatic cell counts. Robyn Joubert reports.
How does maize seed breeding in South Africa work? Annelie Coleman visited Pannar’s research facility in Klerksdorp and spoke to seed breeders Dr Willie Venter and Chris van Zyl to...

Visit the market!

I hammer on about the importance of farmers visiting the market whenever there is an opportunity.
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...
Congratulations to Durban market for introducing the ‘cash deposit device’. The first of its kind in a South African market, this enables buyers to deposit cash directly into their accounts...
Local farmers would do well to emulate the UK's approach of double-cropping, ecologist Ben Breedlove tells Roelof Bezuidenhout. So, instead of just harvesting a planted crop, why not also slash...
When you drive into the Joburg Market nowadays, you’re greeted by an enormous banner proclaiming ‘120 Years of Freshness’.

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