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The populations of many indigenous fish are in decline. Here’s an easy and practical solution to boost their numbers.
Developments such as cage culture of tilapia and small, privately owned pond systems signal a positive trend.
A number of indigenous Southern African fish species would be ideal for aquaculture operations. It’s time for serious research into their potential.
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...
Fitting a McClellan saddle

Fitting a McClellan saddle

This American cavalry saddle has been in use for 159 years. It was employed in the American Civil war and the Second Anglo-Boer War, and is still used for stock...

Plough for more

Operations were set to resume at Ceres Fruit Growers (CFG) in Western Cape after a wage deal was reached between the company and striking workers who were represented by the...
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.
Livestock owners in KwaZulu-Natal have reacted with outrage to news that alleged stock-thieves set fire to homes belonging to two community crime prevention association (CCPA) members.
Tiger Brands’ revenue, gross profit, operating income and profit before tax have continued to decline, according to the group’s financial results for the six months ended 31 March 2018.
Free State Agriculture (FSA) strongly condemned the 1913 Land Act and the effects thereof. In a media statement the organisations said it was indeed a sad day to commemorate.
Despite its high quality, SA’s wool clip is becoming the most heavily contaminated by foreign objects in the world, according to Isak Staats, BKB’s manager of wool and mohair.
Go big or get out is the current trend as farmers chase economies of scale. But any system which relies on shedding jobs and increasing monopolisation in order to reduce...
Gideon Milling, a stone ground milling company in the Western Cape, was launched in 2013 by a group of entrepreneurs to improve farmers’ profitability and food security. Aubrey Terblanche and...
Amathole Berries near Stutterheim expects to yield 3 000t of blueberries per season by 2020. Mike Burgess spoke to acting CEO Ryan Davies about the company’s challenges and its place...
Miniature or ‘baby’ vegetables grown on the Yukon Group’s farms around South Africa are increasingly finding their way to supermarket shelves in the UK, France, Sweden and the UAE. Sabrina...
Farmers are well-equipped to capture and store tons of carbon in the soil, locking in greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. So why can't they turn a profit on it? Peter...
Ten years ago Hendrik du Plessis from Die Houtwerf in Brits, North West, started a timber sawing and curing business for marketing to the furniture industry. It has grown to...

Madumbi in a creamy sauce

Madumbi, or the more accurate plural, amadumbe, is the rhizome that made KwaZulu-Natal famous. These flavoursome nuggets grow in our vegetable garden and can be found in fresh produce outlets...

Thai-style steak and salad

Eat more plants, we’re told. An excellent idea, especially with the wide choice of delicious greens available these days. But we love our meat too, don’t we? So here’s a...
Dear Jonno We need help with the design of our new home in eMacambini on the KZN North Coast near the Amatikulu Nature Reserve. The site, about 1 000m2, is...
In one of my other lives, I write a weekly television review. US swamp-related documentaries grab my attention from time to time, and it was from these that I learnt...

Oyster beef stir fry

Unusually, I’m going to spend most of my five-hundred words converting you to wok science. If you intend stir-frying regularly, get yourself a wok and a gas ring if you...
South African palates are fine-tuned to enjoy Chinese- influenced cooking. Given the popularity of skottel cooking, this pseudo-wok is all you need for a high drama, high heat dining event...
Ace pigeon flier Theo Mienie recently retired from the sport after more than six decades. He spoke to Thomas Smit about the highlights of his career and offered advice to...
The weekend’s newspapers were littered with political stories dealing with the ruling party’s leadership battle.
Kevin Winter is a self-taught health researcher and pigeon analyst. He has tested the health of more than 44 000 pigeons in his own laboratory in Sunderland in the UK...
Although beef farming abounds with technical information on how to maximise production and financial returns, successful beef farmer Neil Haines believes the benefit of using nature as an ally is...
In mid-winter, fodder is always short and we need to know if horses can safely eat what’s available and affordable. Dr Mac provides some answers.
Former Cabinet minister Dr Penuell Maduna has been out of politics for some time and is now building a name for himself in cattle-breeding circles. Peter Mashala visited him.
Many SA farmers are unaware of the profitability and other benefits of pulses such as cowpea, groundnut and soya bean. As a result, these plants are neglected as crop alternatives,...
Controlling weeds has become a big issue with the increasing cost of labour. Fortunately, when it comes to the cucumber family, there are several options to reduce weed growth as...
It requires a lot of observation and experience, but Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can be practiced with cabbages.

Flagship market sold?

The name of this column, ‘On the Market Floor’, was chosen for a good reason: the market floor is exactly where you’ll hear all the news in the fresh produce...
In his Managing for Profit column of 5 February, Peter Hughes tells how leadership expert Fred Kiel found that businesses managed by people of character made returns up to five...
One of the basic tenets of good marketing is to always ensure you have your product available and in front of the buyer’s eyes. Admittedly, that’s easier said than done,...

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