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As the South African economy limps its way through the various lockdown levels, all of which are aimed at slowing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rate, we’re getting to learn...
Dr Louis du Pisani, national manager for production advice and development at the National Wool Growers’ Association, explores how livestock farmers can mitigate the negative effects of climate change on...
Land reform should aim to address poverty and create livelihood opportunities for those at the lower end of the historically disadvantaged spectrum. This isn’t happening, according to the Institute for...

Much controversy in the UK over farm jobs for Brits

The UK government has urged unemployed citizens to apply for seasonal farm work, however, many applicants have expressed frustration about being overlooked for these agriculture jobs while others have bemoaned...

Alarm about souring of Australia-China trade relations

The Australian National Farmers’ Federation has expressed concern about disruptions to agricultural trade between Australia and China, following the suspension of beef supplies from four Australian abattoirs by the Chinese...

New Zealand schools to teach pupils to avoid dairy and meat

New Zealand has implemented a new climate change curriculum in schools that advises learners to avoid consuming dairy and meat.

Plough for more

The labour department has announced a 7,7% increase in the minimum wage for farmworkers with effect from 1 March 2015.
Free State Agriculture (FSA) and Absa Agribusiness hosted a group of national and provincial media representatives at their first positive news media tour in Harrismith in the Free State on...
SA’s stud cattle breeding societies and breeders needed to realise that commercial cattle breeders were their most important clients and position themselves accordingly, said to Prof Frikkie Neser, animal scientist...
Taxpayers should foot the bill for acid mine drainage (AMD), as they benefited from the economic growth brought about by the mining sector.
DuPont’s new regional technology centre, which opened in Delmas, Mpumalanga, recently, aims to bring leading global agricultural innovation, especially in the field of new seed technology, to farmers in South...
A large avocado harvest means the industry needs to access more export markets to remain sustainable, according to the South African Subtropical Growers Association (Subtrop).
The digitisation of agriculture is transforming farming, and these solutions are fast becoming integral in farming practices.
Phirdy Motala, owner of Farmyard Honey Factory, says that innovation and creativity are crucial for the success of small-scale beekeepers. Her business approach has resulted in a flourishing operation, and...
Ten years ago Hendrik du Plessis from Die Houtwerf in Brits, North West, started a timber sawing and curing business for marketing to the furniture industry. It has grown to...
Elezane Industries started as a community development project in 1999 and is now South Africa's first live-snail exporting business. It creates hundreds of jobs while also offering an environmentally friendly...
Maize and sunflower producer from Senekal, John Dipale, ascribes his success to hard work and passion for agriculture. At 64, John works even harder than the young men on his...
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...
Jonno assists a reader with a starter home design.
Agritourism can offer farmers an ideal avenue for diversifying their agricultural enterprises while earning additional income. In a four-part series, Julinda Schroeder examines the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a tourism...

House on a hilltop

I recently had a call from Farmer’s Weekly readers, Jack and Jill, the owners of a wildlife estate in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
Craft breweries have become popular in South Africa in recent years. Grant Hollins visited Emerald Vale Brewery on the Wild Coast to learn about its commercial success.
Mastering the stir-fry is what you should be doing in your post-braaivlei phase of development.

Tuscan – family style

Thami, a client for whom I previously designed a community hall, called to ask for another plan, this time for a family home.

The 365-day capsule

Caring for racing pigeons is a year-round activity. One cannot start nursing ill birds just before the season opens, says Thomas Smit.

Watch out for eye infections

Eye infections and injuries should always be regarded as emergencies and treated accordingly. These problems can swiftly worsen and even cause blindness, warns Dr Mac.
A mother-and-son team is building a reputation for flavoursome ‘open-range’ Pekin ducks. But behind the picture-perfect ideal of ducks preening happily under sprinklers lies many challenges.
At the SA Champs, horse and rider are truly tested in the discipline of showing, says Dr Mac.

Cinnamon, the fat-fighter

Obesity and insulin resistance are common problems today. Cinnamon is a useful treatment, says Kim Dyson.
Thomas Smit previews the 19th South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race.
Canola is no longer a crop that farmers can neglect. It is a valuable cash crop that can achieve high yields, provided that producers make careful cultivar selections and manage...
"Sustainability requires us to adapt to, and adopt, new values and trading practices."

Imasa 2013

If you consider the role it has been playing in the fresh produce sector in recent years and its limited resources – both financial and human – then you can’t...

Protecting the soil

Hopefield entrepreneur, Francois Turner, hasn’t ploughed his potato lands since 2007. He explained to Keri Harvey how the no-till method of farming potatoes works and why he believes it’s the...

Square versus round plugs

In addition to seedling hardness, there’s also the matter of seedling size, which, of course, depends on the size of the cell – or plug – in the seedling tray.
Many farmers think that using a knapsack sprayer is taking a step backwards as large spray rigs are fast and effective. However, knapsack sprayers still have their uses on big...
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