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Adding to a farming operation or agribusiness is not simply a matter of obtaining more land. James Brand, senior associate in environmental affairs at law firm ENSafrica, discusses the legalities...
The high cost of wages for workers in the public service is one of the major uncomfortable truths that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will have to grapple with as he...
Let’s be honest, living in South Africa can be really depressing, despite our many sunny days, beautiful scenery and generally long-suffering disposition.
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

While some farmers in the Free State have renewed hope for the season after the widespread rain at the beginning of February, those south and west of Bloemfontein are still...
Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape agriculture and rural development MEC announced in a statement yesterday (27 January) that he would retire as provincial MEC after the 2014 elections.
SA's government is in trouble and can't possibly deliver on all the economic promises it made to the electorate over the years, according to independent agricultural economist Dr Kobus Laubscher.

Possible drought looming

Farmers in South Africa’s summer rainfall area were recently warned not to underestimate the unpredictable rainy season ahead.
South African canned fruit will not have import duties imposed on it in Australia.
South Africa’s trade relationship with the UK following its decision to withdraw from the EU was debated at a seminar in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning.
South Africa’s municipal fresh produce markets connect those who grow our food with those who eat it, says Dr Justy Range, business development manager, Freshmark Systems. But there’s room for...
The era of mechanisation and outsourcing in the commercial agriculture sector has arrived to counter the sharp increase in labour costs, says Attie Scholtz, the 2012 Northern Cape Young Farmer...
Gugulethu Zondi, the Agricultural Research Council’s 2016 National Emerging Beef Farmer of the Year, says that farming should be treated like any other business, and that beef farmers should choose...
The ANC’s attempt to justify and even, it seems, encourage dodgy dealings is an affront to Africans.

Profit from pigs

Mahuhudi Masipa of Zuurbekom in Johannesburg’s West Rand left the corporate world to become a pig farmer in 2009. She says farming is a business just like any other and...
Biosecurity plays a vital role in ensuring maximum profitability for poultry farmers. Because of the high mortality rate in chickens, hygiene, stocking density and the immediate environment all need to...
Jonno assists Daniel with a sketch for nurses accommodation in Northern KZN.
Lekanyane plans on building a traditional guesthouse in Lesotho with stone walls and a thatched roof. Have a look at Jonno's design plans.
Stephen, for whom I had previously done design work, recently approached me with a further request for cost-effective tourist accommodation in a rural, farm-style design.
The ingredient list is short and the procedure is straightforward. It’s a simple fact of good cooking: the better the ingredients the less you have to do to them.
The hobby of bass fishing takes place from the river bank and entails much more than simply putting your line in the water, writes Eugene Kruger.
Jonno transforms a home into a beautiful castle.
Summer can be a great time for horse owners, as long as they follow a few simple precautions, says Kim Dyson.
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...
The Garingboom Guest Farm near Springfontein in the southern Free State has had 15 000 guests pass through it in the past 14 years, many of whom came to catch...
The causes of ‘parrot mouth’ in horses are unclear, and treatment can be expensive.
Alwyn Viljoen is the production manager of Zaytoon Farms, which is situated on the outskirts of Mbombela and is the only supplier of fresh chicken to the region’s supermarkets. Despite...

Pale horses

Anaemia affects older horses, those that are unfit or ill, and colder-blooded types, says Kim Dyson.
Sakkie van Zyl, Agri North West’s 2014 Young Farmer of the Year, is so positive about the economic prospects of SA agriculture that he left the corporate world to join...
Langkloof Roses is home to thousands of rose bushes, and its gorgeous cut flowers are well-known at retail outlets in the Western Cape. Jacoba Samuels, who has had nearly two...
I recently visited Harare with Prof Charles Whitehead from the University of Johannesburg for a two-day Banana Ripening and Post-harvest Physiology workshop for the employees of a large Zimbabwe-based farming...
There are many pots on the boil on the farm of DAFF’s Best Female Entrepreneur of the Year, but the main course is based on Moringa.

Running a tight ship

Diversifying from sugar cane into macadamias and tunnel tomatoes demanded careful monitoring of data and water quality by Stuart Borchers in order to generate a valuable weekly income. Robyn Joubert...
Irrigating in the correct quantities and at the right frequency are key to greater production in a hydroponic greenhouse system. Greenhouse specialist Martin von Holdt shared his knowledge on the...

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