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When agriculture sneezes, the whole economy catches a cold, the saying goes. We saw clear proof of this in 2018, when South Africa experienced a technical recession after the country’s...
Professor Cyril Nhlanhla Mbatha of Unisa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership outlines some key production and marketing strategies to help promote the economic sustainability of smallholder farmers, and therefore more...
According to Ed Treacy, vice-president of supply chain efficiencies for the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), blockchain technology holds great possibilities for improving efficiency and traceability in the fresh produce sector....
Celebrating 2019 World Pulses Day

Celebrating 2019 World Pulses Day

World Pulses Day, a global event aimed at raising awareness about the multiple benefits of pulses, is being celebrated today. READ Data sharing in the fresh...
Fall armyworm

‘Fall armyworm has Australia and Asia in its sights’

Researchers have warned that crops such as maize, rice, sugar cane, sorghum, beet, tomato, potato, cotton and pasture grasses worldwide are at serious risk from fall armyworm (FAW) infestation if...
France bans widely-used herbicide

France bans widely-used herbicide

The sale of Roundup Pro 360 was recently banned in Lyon, France after a court found that regulators failed to take safety concerns into account when clearing the herbicide.

Plough for more

Agri-sector Unity Forum (ASUF) chairperson Ntombi Msimang passed away on Sunday night, said ASUF in a statement.
The Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration (DARDLA) recently announced the development of 248ha of land over the next five years into a new fresh produce hub...
Voter support for the ANC could fall to under 60% of the total vote for the first time since 1994.
Rainfall remained erratic in December, with some parts of South Africa continuing to experience below-average rainfall while others received more than 200% of the monthly average.
People older than 50 and living in rural Gauteng are more vulnerable than any others of being victims of farm attacks, according to Solidarity.
A two weeks strike action at six agricultural companies and co-ops has ended with compromise being reached between strikers and their employers.

‘We feel secure’

With the option of buying a controlling share in Kanhym Estates, one of South Africa's most successful agribusinesses, empowerment consortium Kgomo Kgolo seems to have done a good job in...
Since the mid-1990s, Tony and Stuart Buchler of Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape have transformed a sideline broiler enterprise into their core business. Today, as Mike Burgess discovered, they control...
Hunting rifles lovingly handcrafted by Ralph Badenhorst Bespoke Rifles can compete shot-for-shot with European tailor-made rifles. Gerhard Uys visited the team for a closer look at their unique creations.
The recent drought has pushed the price of pig feed sky-high, and SA pork producers are reeling as a result. Unfortunately, it will be at least six months before conditions...
If South Africa’s beef industry wants to become a serious competitor on the world stage, it must replace exports of ‘cheap meat’ with higher-value cuts, says livestock genetics consultant, Dr...
Russia joined the World Trade Organisation in August 2012. As the largest country on the planet, it holds significant trading potential for South Africa, and the National Department of Agriculture,...
I received an email from Peter and Dalene asking me to revise their sketch. They preferred two separate wings for the bedroom sections, and to keep within the private development...

A house fit for a manager

I want to build a house for a new employee, an admin manager, in Mozambique. Would you be able to assist with the floor plan design please?
Jonno helps design an environmentally friendly farm house.
Jonno designs a one-bedroom cottage with a stilted wooden structure and a thatched roof for Annalie
Jonno designs a holiday cabin with a rustic look.
The fascinating cuckoo with its distinctive call parasitises the nests of other species and emerges to follow patterns that have existed for millenia, writes Abré J Steyn.

Resistance problems?

Various factors can contribute to resistance in your horse - the bit is not necessarily always the problem. Issue date 15 June 2007

Is your horse too skinny?

Fattening a thin horse starts with a good diagnosis, involving a detailed examination of its history, checking the amount of feed it eats and a thorough clinical examination, says Dr...
The Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute (GADI) Student Angora Stud is accustomed to accolades; it produced, for example, the South African Champion Ram at the 2009 International Mohair Summit in Graaff-Reinet....
Drought is a fact of life – and death – in South Africa, and the current drought is certainly no exception. Overberg sheep farmer, Thys Delport, gives practical advice on...

Greyling’s greats

Thomas Smit continues to profile veteran fancier Hannes Greyling, whose superstars come up for auction soon
High rainfall and humidity have resulted in outbreaks of African Horse Sickness, says Dr Mac.

Tobacco farming in Zambia

Ten years ago, James and Rita Chance were forced off their thriving tobacco, maize and cattle farm in Zimbabwe. Since then, they have made a success of tobacco farming in...

Higher prices?

'Every farmer wants higher prices, but higher compared to which benchmark?' asks Mike Cordes.
Hluhluwe’s first black, queen pineapple grower has enormous support from his mentor and staff – but a lack of financial continuity from government could upend their best efforts.
In the last issue, the importance of spacing Cucurbitaceae was discussed. Aspects other than climate will influence the spacing.
A national onion shortage and a dramatic increase in prices are expected following a devastating hail storm that recently struck a large onion-­producing area in the Northern Cape.
Last week I mentioned how important it is to have sufficient nitrogen in the seedling and growing medium. The procedure needs to be maintained from here on - the early...

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