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Today, there are about a dozen abalone farms along the coastline between Port Nolloth and East London. One of the first to be established was Jacobsbaai Sea Products in the...
Land ownership of the supply chain has enabled a number of countries to produce thousands of tons of tilapia annually. There is little reason why this cannot take place in...
Approximately 15 cichlid species occur in South Africa. To the untrained eye, several appear confusingly alike, especially as juveniles. So make sure you get the right tilapia species for your...
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.
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How the pork market recovered from ‘listeria hysteria’

Pork producers lost millions of rand and hundreds of people lost their jobs due to the listeria hysteria last year. Johann Kotzé, CEO of the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation,...
Horse stung by a wasp

Watch out for wasps in the stable

These aggressive insects can cause painful stings in humans and horses. Dr Mac provides some useful tips on treating your horse if it gets stung.

Plough for more

Stock up on diesel ahead of planting. This was the key message from Agbiz economist, Wandile Sihlobo, as forecasters estimated that diesel could increase by more than 60c per litre...
In a voluntary trading statement, Clover said it was finalising its results for the financial year ended 30 June 2013. The results are expected to be released on 17 September.
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.
Leaders in both national and provincial government spheres have stepped in to try to resolve ongoing conflicts within two separate KwaZulu-Natal communities over agricultural land acquired through the land restitution...

Nampo grows stronger!

Some 100 private planes were counted at the start of Africa’s largest agricultural event, Nampo Harvest Day, on Tuesday tying in with similar attendance figures to last year.
For every one job British American Tobacco SA offers, another 32 jobs were created across the wider economy. This is according to Soraya Zoueihid, CEO of BATSA.
Becoming a farmer didn’t simply fall into Willem Klaase’s lap. He and his wife, Martha, worked hard and took risks to get where they are today. He talked to Glenneis...
Entrepreneur Gugu Mlipha went from being a hawker to an award-winning agro-processing farmer with a turnover of R2,4 million/year. Despite her success, she remains firmly hands-on, even driving her company’s...
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should announce how it intends determining whether a farming business is characterised as large, medium or small for the purposes of AgriBEE by...
Berene Damons, the department of agriculture’s 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the agro-processing category, started work at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards 17 years ago. Promoted almost immediately to...
Consumers worldwide are increasingly demanding varied flavours and health benefits from tea. Meeting this demand is what German-based Teehaus Shila excels at. Lloyd Phillips spoke to deputy manager Arpan Chatterjee...
Five years ago, Beefmaster Feedlot near Christiana embarked on a strategy to encompass the entire value chain. Today, its operations extend from producing feed to selling its meat at retail...
Fellow kitchen mechanics, it’s time to return to the wrap for easy cooking, splendid eating, and minimal washing up. Beef and seafood roti wrap is the best.

A home by the lake

Dear Jonno I have been reading and looking at your sketches in Farmer’s Weekly for years. I recently saw a home on the cover of a magazine (I have attached the...
A bowl of soup is soothing, satisfying, full of flavour… who could ask for more?

At the foot of a mountain

Jonno helps a couple with a house near Barberton.
This began with an idea. “How nice it would be,” I told the family, “to enjoy some delicious lamb sweetbreads.” Once I had told the youngsters what sweetbreads were, the...

Farm-style favourite

Barry and Carol called in to see me. They have a newly-acquired game farm in the Thabazimbi area, and require a new homestead there. issue date: 13 August 2010
There are not too many successful commercial aquaculture enterprises in Southern Africa, but these two are worth mentioning.

Sand arenas

The growing popularity of sand arenas at SA shows means adapting your training ground, says Dr Mac.

Oxygen and stocking rates

Any viable tilapia grow-out system is dependent on adequate oxygen levels. As stocking rates and fish size increase, so too does demand for oxygen, and it is important to ensure...
When I first took an interest in pigeon racing in 1968, the number of wealthy pigeon fanciers on South African soil could be counted on the fingers of one hand.
There’s more to breeding than sticking fish in the water and hoping for the best. Start off with the right type of tank, get quality fish, and avoid inbreeding.

Poisonous plants

Horses generally avoid toxic plants, but owners need to know how to identify them in order to avoid serious mishaps, writes Kim Dyson.
Cultivating vanilla on Réunion Island – and elsewhere – is a drawn-out, specialised process done entirely by hand. Even the pollination is painstakingly carried out flower by flower. This explains...
The early part of the year is probably a good time to remind farmers about their responsibilities when dealing with a market agent.
Through perseverance and applying strict business principles, Elias Pangane proved that farming could produce a viable income for him. The Hazyview vegetable and macadamia farmer spoke to Lindi Botha about...
Sunflower’s consistent yield and drought-tolerance make it an attractive crop for SA’s dryland regions. It also has a relatively long planting window. Nonetheless, care should be taken to plant at...
People living in the Simalaha Community Conservancy in western Zambia have risen out of poverty through the use of conservation agriculture (CA) methods, according to Chrispin Muchindu, CA manager at Peace...
Despite repeated calls to plant less maize, producers still managed a bumper maize crop of nearly 14 million tons in the 2009/10 season, pushing maize costs down to import parity.

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