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Overpopulation and managing population growth are some of the most difficult subjects to write about.
Zimbini Coka, a junior lecturer at the University of the Free State’s Department of Agricultural Economics, visited areas that became part of the Ciskei homeland through consolidation in the 1970s...
Rural economies in Africa have become zones of economic misery. According to Dr Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, stimulating economic growth in these areas through agriculture and...
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.
McDonald’s wants to reduce antibiotics use in beef production

McDonald’s wants to reduce antibiotics use in beef production

International fast food company, McDonald’s, recently announced plans to work more closely with its beef suppliers worldwide in an effort to decrease the use of antibiotics in livestock production by...
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...

Plough for more

New brining regulations, which cap the amount of brine in whole chicken at 10% and 15% for portions, could result in rising food costs, said Kevin Lovell, CEO of the...
Despite all pesticides in South Africa being legally regulated, honeybees have increasingly fallen prey to the illegal use of these products.
The number of tractors and combine harvesters sold in June grew by 13,6% and 100% respectively. This is according to the latest sales figures from the South African Agricultural Machinery...
Wheat farming in Zimbabwe was projected to rebound this winter after government raised US$140 million (R1, 96 billion) to be loaned to farmers to plant 70 000ha to wheat, which...
The continuing producer confidence in the future of quality wool was likely to further stimulate investment in wool sheep farming during 2015, according to Louis de Beer, CEO of Cape...
Agricultural input and services companies in KwaZulu-Natal have expressed frustration at the way in which tender processes are implemented by the KZN Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs.
Despite lacking farming experience, Carole Kirkwood Pretorius converted a rundown Karoo farm into a small but commercially viable enterprise in only six years.

Empowerment in the Kalahari

In the semi-arid region of the Kahalari, under the desert sun, the Berekisanang farming project is bustling with activity. Jaco Visser reports on this citrus and table grape farm.
Not only is indigenous iMbuzi goats’ hair used to produce cashmere at the Ivili Loboya production unit near Butterwoth, but local smallholders are also empowered.
The definition of successful production is changing. Where high output and farm profits were the main measures of farming success in the past, today what matters just as much is...
Producing popcorn is a highly specialised industry that differs from conventional maize production, says Johann Kriek, CEO of the Bigfoot Trading Company. Annelie Coleman reports.
A visitor to the Feed a Child feeding scheme is greeted by a heartwarming and humbling sight: laughing children anticipating a nutritious hot meal. The project, started in 1988 with...

DIY straw bale house

Build your own affordable, sustainable straw bale home with these handy tips.

Carp fishing is cool!

Carp is SA’s most popular freshwater fish with both competitive and recreactional anglers, due to its abundance and size, writes Eugene Kruger.

Modern farmhouse in Kenya

Dear Jonno I own a farm in Kenya, and am looking to build a farmhouse with modern interiors. The building site is on a slight slope, and the main views...

Cajun fish

Cajun cooking is a mixture of smokin’ and grillin’. Like Cajun music, it’s both familiar and unfamiliar. While this recipe works well with alligator or any local giant water-living reptile...

A rustic chapel

Paul, a previous client, has requested that the wedding facility he had been thinking of for the last six months go ahead. I suggested to him that browsing through some...
Dear Jonno My husband and I have recently acquired a plot in a rural area of the Western Cape west coast. The area, however, has a natural water source and...
Supplements are not a substitute for good nutrition, but trace elements are vital to dairy cow health.
Mark Smith produces 270 000 free-range eggs a month on Maralou Farm near East London. Unable to compete on price with eggs produced in battery cage operations, he focuses on...
Cattle consultant Erwin Church is one of South Africa’s greatest stockmen. In this interview with Heather Dugmore, he shares some of his knowledge gained from a lifetime of working with...

Trout: Cold-water marvel

Why trout farming is South Africa’s most successful aquaculture.
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.
The performances of Kitchenbrand family are unequalled in the history of South African pigeon racing.

Needed: good managers

A senior manager at a large market said to me the other day that market managers (MMs) “need to get out of their fancy offices and on to the market...
Anybody who has spent time on a busy fresh produce market floor will agree that it is a madhouse of noise and frenetic activity – especially at the daily trading...
I am sure that anyone who grows onions has experienced bolting at some time or another if you haven't you're probably losing some of the crop's potential.
Although beans are generally a quick and easy crop to grow, problems can occur before the plant emerges.
The late Peter Venter captured the essence of fresh-produce markets when he said, "When a country needs to import most of its fresh produce, then it doesn't require markets to...
I recently made my third visit to the relatively new Mooketsi Regional Market north-east of Polokwane in Limpopo, and came away almost in awe.

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