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Many in the agriculture sector believe that government’s efforts to develop successful black farmers since 1994 have largely failed. Frans Cronje, CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations,...
Sometimes I think that if we could only somehow bottle the eternal optimism of the average South African, the profit we’d make would be enough to solve the country’s economic...
The land debate has been dominating headlines in South Africa since December last year, and in the run-up to the national election in 2019, every politician hoping to win a...
Hygiene is the top food concern among UK consumers

Hygiene is the top food concern among UK consumers

A Food Standards Agency survey among consumers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland found that food hygiene was the top food safety concern for UK consumers when eating out.
New Chinese hatchery to produce 60 million chicks annually

New Chinese hatchery to produce 60 million chicks annually

A new hatchery for layer hens, the Huayu International Poultry Incubation Centre in Handan in China’s Hebei Province, said to be the largest in the world, is expected to produce...
Australia’s biggest live sheep exporter loses its licence

Australia’s biggest live sheep exporter loses its licence

Australia’s Department of Agriculture has suspended the licence of an unnamed live sheep exporter, it has said in a statement.

Plough for more

“Trading the beef futures carcass contract as a registered client on the JSE means that a transaction is guaranteed by local banks [acting]as clearing members,” said Chris Sturgess, director for...
South Africa’s negative trade balance could be improved if better systems were in place to aid exports.
Producers have a responsibility to reverse past mistakes made in agriculture, according to Grain SA conservation agriculture (CA) facilitator, Dr Hendrik Smith.
Dan Kriek, president of Free State Agriculture (FSA), has expressed concern about the impact of unrealistic wage increases on the social-economic stability of the province’s rural areas.
The revival of 165ha of sugar cane by the Mansomini Irrigation Project in KwaZulu-Natal’s Glendale Valley was praised by Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) minister Gugile Nkwinti...
Five years after the formation of the community female farming group ANTS, homestead vegetable farming is gathering steam in the hills surrounding Umbumbulu, in KwaZulu-Natal.
The expropriation orders served on Gauteng farmer OJ Botha and the ­Lutheran Church this month mark the start of ­applying the government's ­controversial policy of negotiating no longer than six...
With renewable energy becoming necessary, could wood gasification present a viable alternative?
Mpumalanga farmer Johannes Simelane is thankful for the agricultural expertise his late employer shared with him, and is now sharing it with others in his community.
After producing vegetable seedlings for almost 40 years, Dux Meintjes knows how to adapt to market demands. These days, that may mean less reliance on commercial farmers and more attention...
Well-established vegetable grower Qutom Farms has taken out a lease on advanced greenhouses at Dube TradePort’s AgriZone, allowing the company to expand its regional supply. Robyn Joubert spoke to director...
As new entrants to South Africa’s feedlot industry, entrepreneurial husband-and-wife team, Mochele and Rosemary Noge of Emfuleni Voerkrale, soon found that the key to success in this highly competitive business...
A family in Botswana asked me to design them a Scottish-style, double-storey home. The living area had to be on the ground floor and three bedrooms had to be upstairs.
The Western Cape is known for its beautiful scenery, and for this reason, David wants his house to be built on a slope facing the mountains.

Hungarian goulash

I was sitting around with my food focus group wondering what to do next. I decided I want something familiar, yet unfamiliar, a meal that’s easy to cook, made with...

One good shot

Hunting with a handgun isn't for everyone, but the satisfaction is so much greater, says Abré J Steyn.

Sonja’s Pavlova

A Pavlova is one of the greatest desserts ever invented. Like all classic recipes, this one has gone through many versions and multiple derivations. Sonja is a great cook and...

Building on limited space

Dear Jonno I have been reading your Farmer’s Weekly column for a long time and would like to ask for your advice. We have a structure that we intend building...

Sheared heels

A cause of sudden lameness in equine athletes, sheared heals is a painful condition that may require the services of a specialist veterinary farrier, says Dr Mac.

Fish farming beyond SA

The state of aquaculture in neighbouring countries – and the lessons to be learnt.
In this new series, Nicholas James will provide prospective tilapia farmers with a step-by-step guide on how to launch and run a successful aquaculture business in South Africa. We begin...
Competitive long-distanc e riding tests the stamina of both horse and rider.
For the month of February 2014, 104 reports were received from veterinarians belonging to the Livestock Health and Production Group of the South African Veterinary Association. In addition reports were...
Number Two Piggeries currently employs 1 000 people, and farms a total of 20 000 breeding sows.
Aphids are a problem in two ways. Firstly, they cause physical damage when feeding on the crop.

Keep the market free!

I’ve heard rumblings from on high that it should be compulsory for bigger farmers to allocate, say, 20% of their produce to a black-owned market agency.
Western Cape fruit farmer Aat Hoekstra (85) recently received the South African fruit industry’s OSH Reinecke Industry Leader Award for 2015. The British Journal of Fresh Produce has also referred...
A crop has no way of ‘knowing’ or ‘sensing’ your good intentions. Instead, it responds to the prevailing conditions as a means of self-preservation.
Once upon a time, the CEO of a certain fresh produce market in South Africa decided that his market would be run differently. He did away with the ‘market agency’.

Planting dates for onions

One of the challenges of growing onions is getting the planting date right. Farmers unfamiliar with this crop would expect to plant it earlier in cool areas and later in...

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