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In many countries, farmers are supported in various ways by government. South Africa’s real competition lies not in these largely inefficient farming systems, but in other unsubsidised countries such as...
Libertarians have some interesting theories about taxation, and it all starts with the non-aggression principle.
If your employees are not providing the creative input you expect from them, look in the mirror. It’s likely that you are the person at fault.

Plough for more

Rhino horn can now be legally bought and sold in South Africa, following the Constitutional Court’s dismissal of an appeal by the Department of Environmental Affairs to keep a moratorium...
Farmer's Weekly hosted a discussion forum on Facebook on Friday to talk about the upcoming agricultural tour to Brazil with tour convenor, Hendrik Jordaan.
The first Malabo Biennial Report on the Malabo Commitment to accelerate agricultural growth and transformation in Africa was released last month.
Business confidence in the agricultural sector remains subdued despite showing some slight recovery in the second quarter of 2016.
South Africa and Argentina signed a bilateral agreement to work together to improve the agricultural sectors in each country.
South African agricultural services and processing company AFGRI has entered into a partnership with India-based post-harvest agricultural management company, National Collateral Management Services.
With renewable energy becoming necessary, could wood gasification present a viable alternative?
Apart from a new generation of winemakers and marketers that is making a name for itself, upcoming industry leaders are embarking on a fresh strategy to ensure the industry’s success....
The era of mechanisation and outsourcing in the commercial agriculture sector has arrived to counter the sharp increase in labour costs, says Attie Scholtz, the 2012 Northern Cape Young Farmer...
With huge increases in Eskom tariffs, more and more farmers are investing in alternative energy solutions. Mike Burgess visited Eastern Cape farmer Luke Bell to learn more about his KRE...
Volatility has become the norm in agricultural markets. Nico Groenwald, head of agriculture at Standard Bank, advises how farmers can keep their heads above water in uncertain times.
Edmund Oettle, South Africa’s only organic brandy producer, explains that his farming approach is a life choice. He speaks to Jay Ferreira about his business operation near Wellington in the...

Home-made marmalade

On a hot, humid Durban Saturday, the last thing any normal person would want to do is spend a couple of sweaty hours in the kitchen, but when the purple...
Jonno designs a bush lodge catering for 16 five-star sleeper units for Socrates all the way in Angola.

This should scare you

There are more environmentally pressing matters to be afraid of than being face-to-face with a mamba, writes Abré J Steyn.

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...
A pork chop – and may all my ancestors kindly look the other way – is a marvellous thing. And when simmered in white wine and a tangy Dijon mustard...
Heiko has a farm in Namibia and is looking to build a farmhouse on the land. Read on to see what Jonno has come up with.
Drought is a fact of life – and death – in South Africa, and the current drought is certainly no exception. Overberg sheep farmer, Thys Delport, gives practical advice on...
Designs of aquaculture systems within fish-farming tunnels vary widely, and many have failed. What options are available and what are the non-negotiables when it comes to tunnel design?
Owning a horse can be a wonderful experience, but you need to do your homework before taking the plunge, writes Kim Dyson.

World-class racing pigeons

There is no weak link in champion racer and renowned breeder Boet Troskie's racing pigeon stock. He recently sold all his superstar pigeons at three auctions. Thomas Smit reports on...
Sheep farming has long been the mainstay of the agricultural economy in the Karoo, but agricultural economists Dr Thula Dlamini and Prof Gavin Fraser say that springbok ranching offers a...

Weaning your foal

This can be a stressful and dangerous period for foals, cautions Dr Mac.

Choosing a tomato variety

We have about 200 tomato varieties in South Africa. This fact alone makes the value of the variety list highly questionable.
Choosing the right type of onion can be difficult, as the variety has to suit both the area and the planting seasons.
Diversification and crop rotation keep Petrus van der Walt busy 12 months of the year. But the bottom line has been worth the effort for this 2011 Limpopo Farmer of...
Green bean farming in South Africa has changed considerably over the past twenty years or so. Not long ago, beans were planted and weeded by hand.

Israel’s land

How did Israel Motlhabane go from funeral parlour director to Grain SA’s 2012 Developing Grain Producer of the Year? Annelie Coleman visited him at his farm Annasvlei to find out.
The recent announcement that aphids and not leaf hoppers are the vector for the spread of the brassica stunting disorder virus (BSD) makes sense.

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