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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

Operating profit from Tongaat Hulett’s various sugar operations dropped to R684 million from R967 million in the half-year to September, weighed down by increased sugar imports into Southern Africa and...
Minimum wages, drought, fires, disease, import tariffs and a meat labelling scandal.These were all issues on the agricultural agenda this year. Farmer’s Weekly news editor, Niel Saayman, compiled this overview...
The annual Voermol Best Farmer of the Year awards recently took place in Bloemfontein.
The well-known food and beverages group recently issued a statement to clarify the rationale behind its restructuring strategy first announced in late 2016.
The investigation into the procurement processes at the department of Fisheries’ fleet division has indefinitely been put on hold.
The Competition Commission on 24 October 2012 referred a case of price fixing and market division regarding the supply of diesel to the Competition Tribunal.
Wensleydale Farms in Centurion, Gauteng, is well established as an organic grower. New owner Magapa Phaweni plans to use her business skills to build on the farm’s success and expand...
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.
Yolandi Joubert’s oyster mushroom operation, launched just three years ago, is an important lesson in what passion and discipline can achieve in small-scale agriculture.
Mojalefa Molefe moved from Soweto to Mokgwaneng, Limpopo, to take care of the family's cattle herd after his father's death. In seeking to adopt more modern - and profitable -...

Surviving tough times

Award-winning farmer Steve Botha has managed to remain successful in the niche market he created through innovation, extending his product range, maintaining a close relationship with his clients and growing...
Mining pollution threatens to turn Loskop Dam into the largest toxic acid lake in Africa, as decades of coal mining on the Mpumalanga Highveld starts to catch up with us....
There are so many favourites out there… chilli con carne, good ol’ steak, egg ’n chips, Durban mutton curry, braaiied boerewors and, one of the greateast of them all, spaghetti...

Chicken souvlakia

Tasty fragments of mixed foods cooked on a stick? This Greek influenced classic probably harks back to the earliest days of cooking over a fire. What could make more sense...
Hot dogs are usually street food. From the polystyrene-textured roll to the petrol-accented tomato sauce, even the cheapest street hot dog represents good business, with a profit margin seldom less...

Caramelised onions

Is it a condiment? Or merely a vegetable? The fact of the matter is that caramelising onions is a great kitchen skill to learn: this delicious ingredient adds layers of...

Flight to the lakes

Kenya is iconic wildlife territory, place of the annual wildebeest migration and the mighty Great Rift Valley. Millions of migratory flamingoes find sanctuary in the Rift Valley lakes. Keri Harvey...
Jonno assists a reader with a starter home design.
While a fast-paced urban lifestyle is behind the need for commercial high-producing poultry breeds, a market exists in rural areas for a no-fuss, dual-purpose chicken. Husband-and-wife team Jaap and Shirley...
South Africa’s only marine finfish farm on the Atlantic coastline has just entered the commercial market. Manager and shareholder of the Bluecap fish farm in Paternoster, Ingo Beckert, says fish...
There are many factors to consider when selecting a tilapia species. Here, in a nutshell, are the main advantages and disadvantages of each one.
Unfortunately, the developmental disease osteochondritis dissecans is quite common and can cause your horse severe discomfort.
Pigeon fanciers Albert Lingenfelder and André Mills have again made their mark, this time in the inaugural Western Cape Classic.

Bath time!

Bathing your horse is important. It can help desensitise a sceptical horse, making handling a lot easier. Kim Dyson shares a step-by-step routine to make bathing a positive experience.
Just about every farmer would agree that crop rotation is a good thing – and the more diverse the crops in the rotation, the better.
Local small grain producers must optimise production through precision farming in order to stay competitive in globalised markets. Through a recent merger, the Tweekop farming enterprise in the Southern Cape...
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is funding research to stimulate and sustain the growth and development of minor crops in the province, a move that promises to transform the...

Blackleg fungus in cabbages

Blackleg is a fungal disease that affects cruciferous crops and can do a lot of damage. Look out for it and take precautions so you won't get caught out.
Green and dry beans are the same species, Phaseolus vulgaris. The scarlet runner (P.coccineus) which is still popular in many countries as a home garden variety, is a different species...
Vegetable farmers are increasingly expected to supply produce with low pesticide residues.

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