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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

The ostrich industry is still recovering from the devastation caused by an outbreak of the H5N2 avian influenza in 2011, but a new threat is already rearing its head.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has made slow progress in meeting its performance targets for the 2015/16 financial year.
Livestock farmers in the West Coast and Central Karoo districts are in critical need of fodder as the drought continues to prevail.
The relief of Free State farmers over long-awaited rain was short-lived after the showers were followed by frost recently.

GM crops debated

The much debated topic of genetically modified (GM) crops is the subject of discussion at the Food Integrity and Traceability Conference (ASSET 2014) at the Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland today.
The South African Sharon fruit harvesting season got off to a good start, thanks to favourable growing conditions during the summer and farmers were expecting a good quality crop.
Small-town agricultural schools often struggle in today’s educational climate, characterised by departmental underfunding. But Winterberg Agricultural High School has maintained its high standards, and developed its farm into a self-sufficient...
With local demand for tree nuts increasing, De Wet van Rooyen and Hannes Jansen of Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts – one of the largest suppliers of nuts in South...
A honey bee farming initiative started by Reginald and Irma Jacobus in Friemersheim has brought hope to this rural town by helping to stem the tide of unemployment and poverty....
Award-winning farmer, Goodman Ginyigazi, farms over 260 Merino sheep in the rural area of Agnes Rest, in the former Transkei. Despite communal land tenure restrictions, he generates an annual turnover...
Input costs are biting hard, but Matla-Gamede Farming’s owners are determined to turn their operation into a fully-fledged commercial business.
Following the article“Untapped emu oil well -a lucrative alternative?”published in Farmer's Weekly on 19 October 2006, SA emu farmer Shane Trollope was inundated with more than 300 enquiries about this...

Room to expand

Jonno Smith designs a four room house for a reader.
Strangely, chillies are not everybody’s idea of a good time. The veldfire in the mouth is held in low esteem, despite the endorphine lift that so joyously follows. Here we...
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...
Dear Arnold Here is the sketch of the layout for the retirement home you are planning in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. I’ve made the sizes of the rooms as close as...
This requires only a few simple ingredients and can be prepared quickly. But it tastes absolutely marvellous. What’s more, it goes with nearly any vegetable or salad you desire.
Dear Jonno I would like to build a three-bedroom house in Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape, so I kindly need your help. I have attached the existing structures on...

One horse, one passport

If your horse competes, make sure it has the right passport, filled in correctly, says Dr Mac.
Riders should be very careful about giving horses supplements before competitions, cautions Dr Mac.
Clara Bruwer, a Charolais stud breeder from Vryburg, is convinced that technology is the optimal way to provide the best possible gene base for her clients. She spoke to Annelie...

Wasps kill flies

Parasitic wasps are an environmentally friendly way of breaking the life cycle of flies in stables, says Dr Mac.

Inherited night blindness

Reduced vision at night and a reluctance to enter dark stables in the daytime may be associated with night blindness, says Dr Mac.
Hard work and tenacity have turned a tiny enterprise into a flourishing commercial operation.

The giant stirs

At the recent Potatoes SA Marketing Seminar held in Pretoria, Africa came under the spotlight.
You can trick onions into providing an out-of-season crop ready for market when the price is just about at its peak by planting small bulbs called ‘sets’.

Do it yourself

Some of us have a tendency to blame the government for many of our country’s woes and then, in the same breath, expect the government to fix almost every imaginable...
The Van der Merwes of ALG Estates recently received the National Agricultural Writers 2010 Farmer of the Year Award. After the deregulation of agriculture, brothers All and Gerrit started marketing...
Gerhard Dreyer, owner of The New Nut Company in North West, says there is always demand for groundnuts in the local and international markets, and farmers in the right climatic...
Canadian canola expert Phil Thomas says producers can improve yields with innovative technology and better farming practices. Kobus van Tonder reports on Phil’s recent visit to SA.

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