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Private fish farms and government are working together to breed tilapia and grow aquaculture production in Zambia.
While the Nile tilapia is the fastest grower, it is easier to obtain a permit for the slower-growing Mozambique tilapia.
The production of trout remains a heated topic between conservationists and aquaculturists.
The Gysie Britz story

The Gysie Britz story

With his passion and skill, Gysie Britz raised the bar in South African pigeon racing. Thomas Smit spoke to the champion fancier about his success.
Top female entrepreneur’s passion for training new farmers

Top female entrepreneur’s passion for training new farmers

Piggery owner Zodwa Thwala, winner of the 2017 Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Best Female Entrepreneur Award, says that her love for teaching motivated her to add farmer...
Osteoarthritis can occur in the fetlock,

Why arthritis treatments are controversial

There are various treatments available for equine osteoarthritis. However, these are mainly palliative and do not promote healing, says Dr Mac.

Plough for more

Stricter labour laws will result in further job losses, according to industry experts.
The Sheepmeat Council of Australia will soon vote on a proposal to change the country’s definition of lamb to mirror that of its market rival, New Zealand.
All 41 809 Swakara pelts on offer from Namibia were sold at the annual Kopenhagen Fur auction, held last week in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to the Namibian Agricultural Union.
Farmers in Limpopo are likely to export a much smaller volume of citrus this year due to the persistent drought in the area which has resulted in reduced fruit sizes.
In two separate incidents over two consecutive days police in the Newcastle and Ladysmith areas of KwaZulu-Natal arrested five stock theft suspects, recovered a total of 14 allegedly stolen cattle...
The farming community came out in numbers for the 2015 Agri SA congress in Irene, Pretoria, recently.
It seems that red meat consumers never benefit from lower farmgate prices. Could it be that the middleman is milking consumers for all they’re worth, while suppressing farmers’ income? This...
Cape Town-based entrepreneur Wynand Odendaal says spekboom is ready to take the carbon market by storm – and earn some farmers big money. Roelof Bezuidenhout reports.

Orchids of Eden

Duckitt Nurseries was initially built on passion and four orchid species, but it is now the biggest cut flower and Cymbidium orchid farm in South Africa with a few hundred...

Pigs – and persistence

Tabi Diphoko of Dobsonville, Soweto, has faced many challenges in his farming career, including the loss of his wife, which nearly caused him to give up. But at 77, this...
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...

The big cheese of Darling

Within four years of its launch, a micro cheese enterprise in Darling is experiencing macro demand from gourmet outlets across the Western Cape for its soft European-style cheeses – a...
Dear Jonno Thank you for the initial sketches you sent me for my idea of a u-shaped lodge building. Here is my plan for moving the thatched area of the...

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...
The annual sardine run is a major feature of the KZN coastline. Millions of migrating sardines, or pilchards as the West Coast calls them, migrate close inshore where people of...
It was almost midnight. The big crowned eagle was restless and her weight on my heavily gloved left arm was becoming a burden.
This began as ‘nursery food’ designed to motivate picky eaters. Today, it is a non-age-specific staple in our family, giving new life to potatoes and their poor relations, sweet potatoes.

Prince Igor beef fillet

Ever since the first man stuck a lump of meat on a stick and held it over a fire, roasting has been a mainline tradition. With a history this long,...
A number of high-value species and colour variants were traded during 2012, says Dr Cloete.
The Agricultural Research Council’s Free State Emerging Beef Farmer for 2013, Robert Thekiso, farms more than 100 commercial Bonsmara cows on 669ha. Mike Burgess visited him.
Herbs can help deal with a variety of coughs, says Kim Dyson.
Hannes Eksteen and his son Lochner run the largest Pedi sheep flock in the Western Cape and find that this productive, problem-free breed gives excellent returns. Jay Ferreira reports.
The SA Million Dollar Pigeon Race (SAMDPR) is about more than just pigeons. In the words of race director and founder Zandy Meyer: “It’s a meeting place for bakers and...

100 years of memories

Oom Jacob Coetzee of Hartbeesfontein has watched agriculture develop over the course of the last century. Born in Cradock on 17 July 1912 he moved to the farm Mahemsvlei in...

Lessons from Vito

Vito Rugani always used to say, “Remember the power of the brand!” A legend on the markets,

Fiduciary responsibilty

The fiduciary responsibility carried by market agents remains the most crucial requirement of their relationship with producers.
South Africa’s macadamia industry is expected to double production over the next few years. But processors will have to find new markets and add value to nuts to maintain exports,...
The recent announcement that aphids and not leaf hoppers are the vector for the spread of the brassica stunting disorder virus (BSD) makes sense.

Understanding citrus – 1

The climatic, soil and water requirements of citrus trees.
Gilly Scheepers is the unassuming 2012 Grain SA and Syngenta Grain Producer of the Year. Flourishing in rugged terrain across three districts, he attributes his success to hard work and...

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