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The concept of sustainable development is straightforward: the future should be a better, healthier place than the present. Farmers have a major part to play in forging this future.
The values driving success in families and those in business are diametrically opposed. Keeping them in harmony is the great challenge of the family business.
The unscientific idea that processed, plant-based, ‘imitation’ foods are healthier for humans and better for the environment needs to be debunked.

Plough for more

Concerted efforts by KwaZulu-Natal police units from mid- to end-July resulted in a significant number of recoveries of stolen livestock as well as in the arrests of a number of...
A food shortage among vultures has led to a call for help to farmers to set up “vulture restaurants”.
It is still uncertain how the lockdown for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and depreciation of the rand will impact farm input prices.
AngloGold Ashanti admitted to repeated toxic spillages near Stilfontein, and criminal charges have been laid against it. Robyn Joubert reports.
The NSPCA brought an urgent application against the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson in the Grahamstown High Court last week, in a bid to stop the exporting...
A strong increase in global demand for citrus has so far been evident in the 2020 export season, according to Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern...
After having built up a successful fruit trading enterprise, Joseph Hendricks began farming apples and pears on land that was in desperate need of attention. Today his farming company, Kaapschön,...

Prepare for climate change

According to various climate change models, the average temperature in South Africa will increase by 2°C within the next 40 years and by as much as 6°C within the next...
If South Africa’s beef industry wants to become a serious competitor on the world stage, it must replace exports of ‘cheap meat’ with higher-value cuts, says livestock genetics consultant, Dr...
The Donald Woods Foundation (DWF) is working closely with subsistence and small- scale farmers in the former Transkei to boost animal health and overall food security. Grant Hollins visited the...
Buyambo Mantashe is hip, urban and a 24-year-old Joburger-turned-farmer. Orrock Robertsen caught up with him on his family farm in the Eastern Cape to get his views on land reform...

Pomegranates power ahead

The SA pomegranate industry is in its infancy, with growers facing many more difficulties than anticipated. But these are being overcome, writes Robyn Joubert.
EcoTraining, a South Africa-based company, has helped more than 11 000 people from around the world qualify as nature guides, and its graduates are sought after by the ecotourism industry....

Practical home additions

James and Jill phoned me to request help with the design of additions to their home in Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal.

A great starter home

Cathryn from Pietermaritzburg contacted me to discuss the possible options for cost savings in building a cottage featured in a previous issue of Farmer’s Weekly.

Stylish homes in Mozambique

I had a call from a prospective housing developer in Mozambique. He required plans for easy-to-build, cost-effective and stylish homes for the local community.

Chocolate Brownies

The chocolate brownie is without doubt one of the finest contributions made to civilisation by the US. Stories about its invention clog the internet. But the truth of the matter...
We would really like your help. We plan to semi-retire in the Eastern Cape on the coast. We have lived and worked in a bushveld/farming environment our whole lives, and...

Fitting a saddle

Every horse should be equipped with its own saddle, and this should be checked twice a year to ensure that it still fits well, says Kim Dyson.
For Moorreesburg Merino stud breeder Johann Kotze, careful selection based on performance testing, BLUP values and strict visual selection of wool and conformation traits are all essential for a successful...

Mating season for horses

With the mating season upon us, be careful that the neighbour’s stallion does not jump the fence, warns Dr Mac.
South Africa’s fledgling tilapia industry has now reached a stage where it needs to be able to speak to funding agencies and the government with one voice.
There are several key factors to consider before deciding to farm pigs, whether intensively or free range, says Shane Brody.
Starting small will not necessarily give you an accurate idea of what to expect when going commercial.
TechnoServe South Africa is providing small-scale fruit and vegetable growers, who often have difficulty in finding established markets, with a ready market for their produce. The organisation’s operations director, Mandla...
By embracing new technology to ensure a greater yield and utilising resources efficiently, South African apple producers can look forward to a bright future.
Starting a small vegetable farm on, say, 2ha, is generally easier than livestock farming. But the cost, and success, of the enterprise depends on the type of crop, the market...

Language of economists

Most of us read the financial and economic news, but how many of us really understand the language of economics so fluently used by economists?
Previously, I described how the high mineral content of borehole water could cause mineral build-up on leaf surfaces, with consequences for the application of chemicals.
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...
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