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SA’s soil erosion crisis

SA’s soil erosion crisis

In ‘Erosion, the cancer of agriculture’ (FW, 22 Oct 2010), Lehman Lindeque, then president of the International Erosion Control Association SA, stated that the lack of soil conservation threatened SA’s...

The cost of adhering to chicken welfare practices

Chicken welfare in South Africa is a hotly debated issue amongst consumers, animal rights organisations and farmers. Dr Charlotte Nkuna, a South African Poultry Association senior executive, spoke to Wilma...
The importance of risk management

The importance of risk management

Daan Hugo, managing director of CertiSure, says that while avoiding risk in the South African agricultural sector is out of the question, various risk management tools are available to help...
SA’s dire need for agricultural insurance subsidies

SA’s dire need for agricultural insurance subsidies

The Land Bank is urging government to implement index-based insurance to support farmers facing the multiple risks associated with climate change and disease outbreaks. Mpumi Tyikwe, the Land Bank Insurance...
SA grain production – present and future

SA grain production – present and future

Jaco Minnaar, from Hennenman in the Free State, was elected as Grain SA chairperson earlier this year. He spoke to Annelie Coleman about the organisation’s future plans, and what role...
Trends in animal health and veterinary services

Trends in animal health and veterinary services

Dr Gordon Adam, Western Cape coordinator of the Ruminant Veterinary Association of SA (RuVasa), spoke to Glenneis Kriel about developments in the sector.
Battling poverty through conservation

Battling poverty through conservation

There is no doubt that Zululand’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a crown jewel in South Africa’s heritage. Managing the diverse aspects of this World Heritage Site is no easy task,...
Mega-ranches: how to build and run one

Mega-ranches: how to build and run one

Roelof Bezuidenhout interviews Arthur Rudman, WRSA’s rancher of the year and MD of Blaauwkrantz Farming Enterprises in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape.
Financial advice for farmers

Financial advice for farmers

Many farmers are not only struggling with the environmental effects of the drought, but experiencing monetary difficulties. Marius Volschenk, Nedbank’s area manager of agriculture in Bloemfontein, spoke to Annelie Coleman...
Potato farmers feel the pinch

Potato farmers feel the pinch

Sandveld potato producers’ earnings remain under pressure, despite potato prices reaching record highs this year. Jan van Zyl, chairperson of the Sandveld Potato Producers’ Association, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about...
Value-adding ensures long-term sustainability and profitability

Value-adding ensures long-term sustainability and profitability

Through a number of value-adding enterprises, Free State agribusiness VKB has created a viable downstream market for the commodities in its production area. Annelie Coleman asked Sas Kasselman, VKB Managing...
AgriBEE codes

AgriBEE codes update: what you need to know

What are the implications of the new AgriBee codes for farmers, small agri-businesses and large enterprises? Consultant Melcus Nel talks to Gerhard Uys about the way forward.

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