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The Continental Free Trade Agreement, which South Africa has signed, is key to increasing trade revenues, job creation and economic integration on the continent, writes Sifiso Ntombela, head of trade...
South Africa is world-renowned for its biodiversity conservation and resultant variety of wildlife. However, public opinion is often divided on the subject of wildlife utilisation. Dr George Hughes, former chief...
South Africa is not an easy place to farm. Even if you ignore the threat posed by radical land reform, most farmers in this country still have to contend with...
New vaccine for infectious bronchitis in poultry

New vaccine for infectious bronchitis in poultry

A new vaccine is being tested by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and the Pirbright Institute in the UK for its efficacy in combating the infectious bronchitis virus in...
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.

Plough for more

The 502 tractors sold nationally over July 2017 were 11,3% more than the 451 units sold in July last year.
Astral has denied responsibility for mistreated chickens found at a cull outlet near Johannesburg.
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 Democratic Alliance (DA) has vowed to go to court if the Joint Constitutional Review Committee's (JCRC) report on expropriation is adopted by both houses of Parliament.
US dentist Walter Palmer has come under harsh criticism from international animal rights activists following his involvement in the killing of one of Zimbabwe’s most well-known lion, 13-year old Cecil.
We are looking for farmers with two or more years experience in using donkeys, alpacas or dogs to guard their livestock against predators, mainly jackal and caracal.
Sheep farming in KwaZulu-Natal is reeling from the effects of rampant stock theft, and as a result many farmers have either switched to cattle farming or left agriculture altogether. Issue...
Edmund Oettle, South Africa’s only organic brandy producer, explains that his farming approach is a life choice. He speaks to Jay Ferreira about his business operation near Wellington in the...
When Roleen Basson started Darling Olives about 10 years ago, she didn’t even eat olives. However, today her business produces about 30 product lines, and the Darling Olives footprint will...
Volatility has become the norm in agricultural markets. Nico Groenwald, head of agriculture at Standard Bank, advises how farmers can keep their heads above water in uncertain times.
After playing a significant role in corporate South Africa, Dr Reuel Khoza, former chairperson of Nedbank and Eskom, decided to turn his focus back to his roots in the farming...
Through dedication and hard work, William Matasane of Senekal in the Free State has changed from being a restaurant manager to an award-winning commercial farmer in less than 10 years....

Bake a ginger and honey cake

Amaze your mates. Delight your womenfolk. Surprise yourself. Go bake a ginger and honey cake, bru!
Pork, red meat’s poor relation, makes a roast of multidimensional complexity if treated right. Thanks to crisp crackling with a moist interior, this roast adds its own special blessing to...

We thank Thee

Despite the terrible news Abré J Steyn received from the doctor one morning, he prayed in thanks for all he had, instead of dwelling on what he'd lost. But he...

How to braai chicken

We all know the experience. Braaied chicken, hot and black on the outside, cold and pink on the inside. Here’s a way to avoid such horrors.
I received emails from Vincent in KwaZulu-Natal and Thambo in the Transkei. Both have the same problem as most of us in South Africa: limited finances.
For some, biryani exists only to give meaning and purpose to lentils. For others, a crabstick biryani is the ultimate in perfect taste.
Tendonitis is common in horses that have to gallop frequently, and causes swelling and pain.
In contrast to any other agricultural sector, aquaculture is hobbled by a maze of conflicting national and provincial restrictions and barriers.
In a One-Day Pigeon Loft, many difficulties can put the enterprise and the pigeons in jeopardy. Thomas Smit looks at the weaknesses of this system.
Certain questions come up repeatedly from people eager to become involved in warm-water aquaculture in Southern Africa. This seems the right platform to raise and answer a few of these.
At 23, Limousin breeder Rehan van Niekerk has already made a name for himself. This young Bothaville farmer established the Eran Limousin herd while still at school and has since...
Ultrasound scans aren't new in the livestock industry, but they're now being increasingly used in the high-profit game industry. And that's just the start - researchers say embryo transfer is...
One of the most difficult diseases to control in capsicums is powdery mildew.
The Ernst family of Allesbeste Boerdery is renowned for its pioneering work in the avocado industry. Through innovative methods, improved genetics and research, the aim is to increase the fruit’s...
No-till vegetable production is not practical for everyone and is more suited to the small-scale organic farmer.
Given the right conditions, a carrot’s extensive fine feeder roots can reach 3m into the soil. It’s important to know this, as it will change the way you treat both...
Maluti Fruit’s high-risk but focused decisions are paying off for producers, placing the eastern Free State firmly on the apple map.

Don’t dump fresh produce!

A small-scale farmer recently told me that he supplied spinach to a client on contract, and sent his surplus spinach to the market.

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