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The ‘Global Warming of 1.5˚C’ report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights several climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1,5˚C, compared with...
Despite significant improvements in agricultural production over the last two decades, food insecurity has been on the rise for the past three years.
As irrigation schemes are found mostly in areas with high poverty levels, smallholder irrigation presents major opportunities for reducing rural poverty. However, smallholder irrigation is performing below expectations. A new...
First marijuana farming contracts awarded in Germany

First marijuana farming contracts awarded in Germany

Contracts for the cultivation of marijuana in Germany has been awarded to two Canadian companies.
EU milk volumes edging up following a slump in 2018

EU milk volumes edging up following a slump in 2018

Unpredictable weather conditions and uncertainty surrounding Brexit have resulted in most of the main milk producing countries in the EU coming under pressure in terms of production in 2018. This...
200 million pigs could die in China due to swine fever

200 million pigs could die in China due to swine fever

It is expected that between 150 million and 200 million pigs could be culled or die in the African swine fever (ASF) epidemic spreading through China, according to a report...

Plough for more

Agriculture is such a complex industry that one ministry has difficulty co-ordinating all the functions involved.
South Africa’s level of ‘economic freedom’ has declined over the past decade. SA is now ranked 75 out of 178 countries in the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, published by...
As part of the ‘My Hippo Story’ competition the manufacturers of Hippo Mills, ABC Hansen, asked Hippo hammer mill owners to share their stories of how Hippo had impacted their...
The international hunting industry has suffered bad press due to the controversial hunting of big game species by celebrities.
New farmers in the province received farming equipment worth more than R6 million from Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Mcebesi Skwatcha.
Citrus production is a long-term investment, requiring technical expertise to ensure profitability. As a result, new entrants to the industry need to be trained, educated and mentored in order to...
Replacing a burnt-out electric motor can cost a great deal, whereas rewinding it can return it to tip-top condition at much lower cost. Rashad Williams and Fa-eez Appollis spoke to...
Dutch processing technology is being used to solve the problem of transporting perishable cassava roots over long distances in Africa.
The current low maize price, with supply greatly exceeding demand, is a problem for most maize farmers. Henry-Ben Rheede, Standard Bank’s agricultural adviser for the northern Free State shares some...
South Africa’s poultry companies have had a rally in their share prices over the past year as a slump in the maize price boosted confidence in higher profits. Jaco Visser...
Jannie and Wouter Kriel from Montagu, Western Cape have ensured the commercial viability of their olive farm by buying in and processing olives while waiting for their orchards to mature....
At just 24 years old, Thato Moagi is already an award-winning farmer. She spoke to Luyolo Mkentane about her mixed farming operation and plans for the future.

No corny Business

Just when you thought you had heard them all, along comes something else you can do with a mealie. Thanks to the Thai-style dipping sauce, these delicious fritters can be...
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...

Modern boozy berry trifle

Here's our take on the traditional trifle, mixed with the secret ingredient... Amarula Cream. Try this delicious recipe now.
Despite every effort to be careful, most of us burn food from time to time. Here is a rare opportunity to be careless, on purpose. We are actively seeking the...
Twice-cooked dishes are usually Chinese in origin, with the raw ingredients getting two treatments instead of one. While a little heavy on the cook, the effects on the diners make...

The heart of an eagle

  With a thunderstorm brewing in the background the tawny eagle Veruschka flies through the Kalahari sky. After the intense heat of the day a soothing breeze stirred the yellow...
Danie Thomas, a young Dormer stud farmer in Kroonstad, achieved the highest prices ever in South Africa for in-lamb and open ewes at the Kairos production sale this year. His...
Rabies is a cruel and incurable disease, but horses can be inoculated against it at little cost.

Red clover for horses

This herb has many different uses for treating horses.
A brief overview of the current state of fish farming in South Africa.
Champion fancier Joe Lemos’s retirement got off to a healthy start with an auction of his birds bringing in big money, says Thomas Smit.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to improve the emotional, and in turn the physical wellness of the animal being treated.

Making no-till beds

When making permanent beds, a farmer should take into account tractor traffic.
To produce optimal results, seedlings must be in good condition when planted, and thereafter cared for properly until they are established.
According to Wikus, a distinguishing feature of biodynamic farming is the use of nine biodynamic preparations which are said to enhance soil quality and stimulate plant life.
Ben Krog, MD of fertiliser company Profert, understands there’s more to soil health than piling on chemicals. He told Annelie Coleman about the vital role played by soil microorganisms, especially...
While working for a large seed company, I once had a chat with one of the directors, a financial fundi who contributed to steering the company in the right direction.
Businessman, farmer and Rhodes scholar Anthony Evans, says that GM technology and advanced farming practices have contributed to the success of his family’s farming business. Anthony is Grain SA/Syngenta’s 2013...

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