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Land reform – how to take the process forward

Land reform – how to take the process forward

Ownership of land in South Africa is a highly politicised and emotive issue. However, were land reform better administered, it could serve as a possible solution to rural poverty in...
SA can compete in the global livestock genetics market

SA can compete in the global livestock genetics market

South Africa is a top producer of livestock genetics and has the technological edge needed to supply high-quality semen to local and international markets. Dr Fanie Steyn, MD of Ramsem,...
Agricultural financing and its challenges

Agricultural financing and its challenges

The drastic increase in the cost of agricultural inputs, among others, has resulted in an increased demand for alternative production finance, according to Prof Sanlie Middelberg, associate professor at North-West...
Land Commission on hitting its targets

Land Commission on hitting its targets

Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo recently shared the commission’s successes with Luyolo Mkentane. She detailed how the commission intended achieving its aims and engaging with organised agriculture to ensure...
Leopard conservation in a spot of bother

Leopard conservation in a spot of bother

A study by Dr Lourens Swanepoel, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Venda, focuses on carnivore conservation and management. Its author spoke to Gerhard Uys about his extensive research...
Coping with drought and planning ahead

Coping with drought and planning ahead

Manfred Venter, agricultural economist at Syngenta, shares some insights with Luyolo Mkentane on the current drought situation and suggestions on how to mitigate losses.
A new look at locust control

A new look at locust control

Little progress has been made to improve knowledge about the brown locust, a super-herbivore along with which the Karoo evolved, says Dr Joh R Henschel, Arid Lands Node, South African...
Land Bank’s CEO, TP Nchocho, talks strategy

Land Bank’s CEO, TP Nchocho, talks strategy

Money cannot be lent responsibly without collateral, a constraint that has long hobbled the ability of commercial banks to lend money to communal farmers. The Land Bank is now exploring...
The politics of water

The politics of water

Water has become a political issue and the quality of South Africa’s water resources needs to be addressed, says Prof Anthony Turton, a scientist specialising in water resource management. He...

Consumers driving production trends

As consumers grow more affluent, they become more fastidious about the food they eat. This trend has sparked a rising demand for food that is produced in an environmentally friendly...
Collaboration needed to manage predators

Collaboration needed to manage predators

South African stock farmers face an ongoing battle against predators. Merino farmer Guillau du Toit, newly-elected chairperson of the Predation Management Forum (PMF) and the National Wool Growers’ Association, spoke...
The Boer goat a winning investment

The Boer goat: a winning investment

The Boer goat can help to make emerging farmers successful, and they also have a large local and foreign stud market.

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