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If I had to draw a single conclusion from the ‘Agricultural Outlook: 2019 to 2028’ published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...
Should African countries fail to increase food production and processing to become at least partly self-sufficient, it will be one of the greatest missed opportunities of the century.
Digital technologies and innovations have the potential to revolutionise the world’s food systems. This is why agricultural education and training, particularly in South Africa, needs to be revisited as a...
Australian table grape exports reach half-a-billion mark

Australian table grape exports reach half-a-billion mark

As the Australian grape export season nears an end, it is estimated that volumes amounting to half a billion Australian dollars (about R4,9 billion) have already been shipped.
Argentinian ranchers cull breeding cows as inflation bites

Argentinian ranchers cull breeding cows as inflation bites

Beef cattle ranchers in Argentina are culling their breeding cows at the highest rate in 30 years, in an attempt to keep their farms afloat as they struggle to access...

US farmers brace themselves for further crop damage

Farmers in the US have expressed concern about the hot, dry conditions currently being experienced, which comes shortly after the heavy rain and flooding that caused severe damage and delays...

Plough for more

Three black Périgord truffles (Tuber melanosporum) were discovered on Max Bastard’s Willowdale Farm near Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
While nationwide sales of new tractors and combine harvesters have taken a knock this year, demand for used agricultural machinery is strong.
A whopping 156 000 visitors from around the globe are reported to have attended the November 2014 edition of the biennial EuroTier animal production trade fair held in Hanover, Germany.
Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Zoleka Capa said it was becoming increasingly evident that farmers needed government subsidies to offset escalating operating costs.
Concerned major stakeholders from organised agriculture, organised agribusiness, the banking sector and government institutions met on 10 November...
A special business product for emerging growers has been launched by Hortgro, in co-operation with Land Bank. It includes a loan scheme, administrative support and mentorship.
Millennials, born between the 1980s and the early 2000s, are more finicky consumers than any of their predecessors. Mary Shelman, director of the Agribusiness Programme at Harvard Business School in...
Theo de Jager stands at a crossroads. He can choose to sell his farm to one of 16 land claimants or he can fight to stay in business. Does Theo’s...
Evergreen agriculture combines conservation farming and agroforestry to create what proponents call an 'out of the box solution' to increase crop yield, improve soil, make better use of scarce rainwater...
Boplaas Family Vineyards shows that farm size does not really matter if you want to makeit in the wine industry. Owner Carel Nel spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how he...
Roelof Bezuidenhout interviews Arthur Rudman, WRSA’s rancher of the year and MD of Blaauwkrantz Farming Enterprises in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape.

Success with organic farming

Wensleydale Farms in Centurion, Gauteng, is well established as an organic grower. New owner Magapa Phaweni plans to use her business skills to build on the farm’s success and expand...
An early morning visit to the Karkloof Farmers’ Market provided the freshly harvested oyster mushrooms that give this pasta dish its distinctive flavour and texture. For the beginner cook, this...
Kalahari Water Resort is nestled on the tranquil banks of the Gariep River and situated near Keimoes in the Northern Cape. This adventure holiday farm offers peace and tranquillity for...

Vietnamese Pork Belly

Vietnamese food is probably even more exciting than Thai. While Thai-based foods and the condiments that go with them have made it to South African kitchens and supermarkets, Vietnamese food...

Pork casserole

This traditional recipe is a classic, just waiting for your personal enhancements.

When it rains buckets

Flood is no joke, so pray for rain - but please don't ask for too much. Issue Date: 9 March 2007

Sausage cannelloni

Welcome to the unexpected all over again. Is this combination of extraordinary ingredients fusion cuisine at its best? Or just another good way to test the limits with a meal...

Fighting infections

Kim Dyson offers tips on the efficient and wise use of antibiotics and preventive practices.

The problem with aquaponics

Currently, too many systems cruelly compromise fish quality to favour plant production. But there’s a simple solution to this unacceptable state of affairs that will see both flourish.
At the time she was awarded a piggery by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Betty Nyambi knew little or nothing about pig farming. But she refused to...
Dr Mac discusses how to train a horse to lift its leg on command so that its hooves can be cleaned.
The Agricultural Research Council’s Free State Emerging Beef Farmer for 2013, Robert Thekiso, farms more than 100 commercial Bonsmara cows on 669ha. Mike Burgess visited him.
Owners of broodmares should ensure that their animals’ feed is optimal and the timing is right, says Dr Mac.
Some growers in the Southern Cape are using nets that can easily be draped over tree rows to protect pome fruit against sunburn. Apart from their convenience and flexibility, the...
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There are hundreds of cabbage varieties on the world market, each filling a slot for some climatic condition or purpose, and quite a few are sold in South Africa.
When a farmer says he has 20 years’ experience, it could mean that he has simply been doing the same thing for 20 years without ever trying anything new!
The recent announcement that aphids and not leaf hoppers are the vector for the spread of the brassica stunting disorder virus (BSD) makes sense.
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...

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