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Spanjaard Copper Compound shields nuts and bolts in extreme heat.
This local innovation turns nuisance kitchen waste into a valuable agricultural input.
This takes mere seconds to operate, yet it can prevent vehicle theft and help keep you safe.

Plough for more

The 21st Agri Mega Week, taking place from Wednesday, 18 September, to Saturday, 21 September, at Mega Park, Bredasdorp, will play host to various competitions.
The National Stock Theft Prevention Forum (NSTPF) has appealed to farmers to report all cases of livestock theft.
The South African Reserve Bank kept the repo rate unchanged at 5% at its last monetary policy meeting of the year. Inflation concerns countered weak economic growth.
Mpumalanga farmer Try Nxumalo spotted a strange plant in his yard two years ago, but never knew it would soon turn into a business for him.
Farmers in KwaZulu-Natal are in desperate need of rain before the end of October.

Capespan moves into India

Fruit company Capespan has acquired a 35% stake in one of India’s largest fruit distributors, the family-owned business, Yupaa Group.
In August 2009, Elsa Carstens became the first woman in South Africa to head up two producer wine cellars. Due to financial pressure, these cellars had already opted to amalgamate...
After playing a significant role in corporate South Africa, Dr Reuel Khoza, former chairperson of Nedbank and Eskom, decided to turn his focus back to his roots in the farming...
Robertson Winery runs one of a few successful transformation projects in the industry. Cellar master Bowen Botha and shareholder Martha Fielies share their story with Denene Erasmus.
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...
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...
The new minimum wage for farm workers came into effect on 1 March. While most farmers will do their utmost to hold onto their current workforce, some will have no...

Calamari & spinach

Squid enthusiasts have only one fear: a meal that looks and tastes like white rubber bands. Here’s good news for beginner cooks: a simple, magical way to turn squid into...
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...

In touch with nature

Hi Jonno, We are planning to build a house in natural indigenous bush in the Waterberg area and would like your help.

A retirement home

Dear Jonno I enjoy your articles in Farmer’s Weekly, and am quite amazed at the variety of ideas and suggestions you always come up with. My wife and I would like...
Dear Jonno We really need your help: our thatch home burnt down! Please find attached the photo of what is left as well as the old plan of the house....
For some, biryani exists only to give meaning and purpose to lentils. For others, a crabstick biryani is the ultimate in perfect taste.

Lovely lavender

Lavender has healing properties and is an effective fly-repellent, writes Kim Dyson.
South Africa’s stud game industry is making great strides in breeding genetically superior stock, but are the high prices being paid at auctions healthy – or the start of a...
An intensive aquaculture system can fail for several reasons. A producer should always be prepared.
The high cost of these systems can be prohibitive for new entrants to the industry. Pond farms may be a far better solution.
By forming a good working relationship, nine farmers from Mmakgabetlwane village in North West have found a way to farm on communal land. Peter Mashala visited them.
This all-too-common behaviour leads to poor condition, colic and stomach ulcers, cautions Dr Mac
Award-winning table grape farmer, Pieter Joubert from De Doorns, says that attention to production detail and a professional and dedicated workforce are equally important in successful grape farming.
Grain SA’s Grain Producer of the Year 2016, Jozua du Plessis, was one of the first grain producers in South Africa to implement precision farming practices in the late 1990s....
Raka Wines started diversifying its farming business three years ago by introducing winter grains and canola. This was so successful that the enterprise’s canola crop achieved the highest yield in...

Learn from history

Fresh produce markets have an interesting history. Go back more than 150 years and you’ll find a person called the market master who worked for the local municipality and also...
Your basic fertilisation of the potato crop should have been done according to a soil analysis, leaving the main variable, nitrogen, to be managed as circumstances require.
Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) is a very destructive cruciferous crop disease that usually occurs unexpectedly. In most cases, by the time farmers notice it it's often too late to stop...

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