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Natural selection is pivotal in adapting livestock farming to climate change inAfrica and beyond,says Prof Charles T Kadzere of the Eastern Cape Department ofRural Developmentand Agrarian reform’s Dohne Agricultural Development...
Independent power producers, an independent water regulator, formalisation of the taxi industry, and hints about a state-subsidised agricultural insurance scheme are just some of the suggestions put forward by National...
Last year, Coldiretti, Italy’s largest agriculture industry association, released a statement announcing that in 2017, Italian organised crime generated a turnover of €21,8 billion (about R370 billion) from agriculture.
Pork shortages set to place a damper on Chinese festivities

Pork shortages set to place a damper on Chinese festivities

Shortages and soaring prices of pork in China, due to the widespread African swine fever outbreaks, have resulted in traders struggling to secure sufficient pork supplies for the upcoming holiday...
Romanian live sheep exports continuing despite EU warnings

Romanian live sheep exports continuing despite EU warnings

Despite warnings from the EU, Romania is continuing with the controversial exportation of an estimated 70 000 live sheep to the Persian Gulf region this year.
Agriculture pushing Amazon deforestation to record levels

Agriculture pushing Amazon deforestation to record levels

More than 7 700 forest fires have been reported in Brazil in the past week alone, according to data from the country’s national institute for space research, Instituto Nacional de...

Plough for more

State of the Nation Address by His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting Of Parliament Cape Town...
A recent inspection of the farm belonging to National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise has reportedly revealed improved conditions.

New appointment at TAU SA

TAU SA North has appointed a new regional manager, Drickus Botha from Dendron in Limpopo.
The wildlife ranching and game management industry was well-positioned to benefit rural communities, create jobs and bring about land reform as long as the free market system was in place,...
While reportedly heartened by President Jacob Zuma’s and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s recent stated support for renewable energy expansion, the South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) has accused national power...
The recently reported discovery of dangerous cholera, salmonella and E. coli bacteria in the floodwaters and soils of Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape has, once again...
The Boer goat can help to make emerging farmers successful, and they also have a large local and foreign stud market.

Game or the stock exchange?

Johan Rabie compares the investment performance of high value game species – with specific reference to buffalo and sable antelope – with investing on the JSE and other prominent stock...
Agri Western Cape’s Young Farmer of the year for 2018, Johann de Wet of De Wetshof Wine Estate, tells Glenneis Kriel how he and his brother, Peter, are keeping their...
Although honeybush has long been used in parts of South Africa to brew a caffeine-free tea, it has remained a small-scale activity. However, the industry has potential to grow and...
As businessman and game breeder, Cyril Ramaphosa focuses on buying the best and conserving animals for the future. Sean Christie spoke to him.
Transport costs and traditions have made it difficult for communal farmers to play a major role in the commercial livestock industry. In KwaZulu-Natal, this situation is changing as auctioneers mobilise...
This is a story about love, loss and a magnificent obsession. It is not for the faint-hearted, nor those easily moved to tears. If you can handle it, read on:...
To live forever and retain your faculties, including the strength to repeat your high school shot-put record, follow a Mediterranean diet. So say the scientists. Here’s a culturally mixed way...

Pork chops with white wine

A pork chop – and may all my ancestors kindly look the other way – is a marvellous thing. And when simmered in white wine and a tangy Dijon mustard...

Pickled hake with onions

Cooks perfected the art of pickling food products long before they had fridges. Try this great South African classic – pickled fish – with its mouth-watering sharpness and exquisite oceanic...

A tree house design

Dear Jonno My husband and I open our Farmer’s Weekly to your ‘Hillbilly Homes’ column before paging to any of the other interesting topics. We have been watching the TV...
Italian cuisine is loaded with astonishing soups. There is, for example, zuppa pavese, a chickenbased bowl of greatness topped by sourdough bread and a poached egg. At the greatest height,...

Trout: Cold-water marvel

Why trout farming is South Africa’s most successful aquaculture.
From the start of his enterprise, Pierre van Niekerk has sourced Limousin genetics from France to build his Jacre Limousin Stud near Bedford in the Eastern Cape. Mike Burgess visited...
Breaks are often misdiagnosed and sometimes even heal on their own, says Dr Mac.
Parasites play an important part in natural ecosystems, and wildlife can bear their tick burdens and still stay healthy - if humans stop interfering. So says Professor Ivan Horak (left)...
This is the 100th aquaculture column to appear in Farmer’s Weekly, and to mark this milestone, I’d like to explore how far the industry has come since my first article...
The Bateleurs, a non-profit company, provides a flight support programme for conservation and the environment. In operation for 20 years, this unique organisation has a membership of about 220 pilots...

How to water-treat seed

It is sometimes advisable to treat seed in order to remove a pathogen, or as a precaution before sowing. For example, capsicums (chillies and peppers) often suffer from bacterial spot,...
When the soil contains sufficient organic material, farming becomes far easier and less risky. In contrast, in a chemically based system, the interaction between the minerals becomes critical and complex,...
Fall armyworm has caused significant damage to croplands in South Africa since first detected in early 2017. However, Dr Annemie Erasmus, a senior researcher of entomology at the Agricultural Research...
Staking tomatoes involves a lot of work and expense, and many try to avoid this by planting determinate varieties.
Inspired by indigenous knowledge, a South African company has developed a natural, highly effective, mood-lifting and anxiety-reducing plant extract from the succulent plant, Sceletium tortuosum. Denene Erasmus spoke to Dr...
Although beans are generally a quick and easy crop to grow, problems can occur before the plant emerges.

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