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The future, especially in the long term, is always uncertain. Farmers would do well to focus their attention on the present and on those factors they can control.
In today’s world, surrounded by ‘fake news’ and hampered by our own brains, we need to know how to separate the facts from the lies.
Most goods lose value over time. Boats rot, patents expire, machinery wears out, and computers become obsolete. Depreciation attempts to estimate and record this loss of value.

Plough for more

The Free State Umbrella Fire Association (FSUFA) has issued an urgent veld fire warning for the province for today and tomorrow, according to the association’s general manager, Thinus Steenkamp.
The proposed repeal of zero-rated VAT on agricultural inputs such as animal feed, fertilisers, plants and seeds will add to the already compromised profitability of the sector, said Potatoes SA...
A high percentage of South Africans living in poverty-stricken urban areas are food insecure and women often end up foregoing nutritious meals to feed the men and children in the...
Government is busy formulating legislation that would make it impossible for people living in rural and communal areas to lose their land because they could not service their debts.
Management of northern KwaZulu-Natal’s 332 000ha World Heritage Site iSimangaliso Wetland Park has strenuously defended itself against criticism from the likes of well-known conservationist Wally Menne, as well as from...
The South African agricultural sector would benefit if subsidies to EU farmers are cut significantly, according to Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz.
For five years, Lesotho's royal farm in Matsieng has showcased a sustainable farming approach for local lowland farmers. This "sufficiency model" originates in Thailand, and its diversified use of land...
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...
While rabbit farming can be fairly lucrative, it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Karoline Steenekamp about the do’s and don’ts when starting a rabbit enterprise.

Selling all things Scottish

With a land size of just over 78 000km², Scotland is only slightly bigger than Mpumalanga. Yet its total annual food and drink exports amount to £5,3 billion (R97 billion)....
Agritourism has grown substantially from 2% of the tourism industry in the Western Cape in 1996 to 10% of the foreign tourist market currently. For most farms, tourism contributes between...
Oceanwise in the Eastern Cape is one of the largest land-based marine finfish recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) in the world. Mike Burgess visited this pioneering initiative.

Bobotie: The Cape on a plate

Whenever I visit my brother in Cape Town, I know I am in for superlative dining. And when the big item on the menu is bobotie, this Durban boykie renews...

Beef stroganoff

Here’s an easy-to-cook take on an old classic in which best beef, mushrooms, sour cream and the brandy of your choice come together on rice or pasta, with or without...

Christmas Roast Turkey

Why spend endless hours labouring on your Christmas dinner when you can get mouthwatering results with less effort? For the turkey, I’ve chosen a delicious recipe from my 85-year-old aunt...
There are two really big deals here, the arboria rice and the brandy. Arboria rice is essential for this dish because of its flavour, aroma, and most importantly, its stickiness.
Dear Jonno At long last, we are now preparing to build a house on our game farm near Modimolle. Thank you for the drawings, they are almost perfect. However there...

Eastern Ecstasy

For first-timers, this over-the-top ultra-spicy Sichuan-influenced meal can be a challenge. Most of the strong flavours are unfamiliar, the colour of the sauce is a deep magenta, and one of...

Mystery of missing birds

Never before in the history of South African pigeon racing have as many birds been lost in training as now. Since May this year, large numbers of racing pigeons have...

Bemer, does it work?

Despite controversy, using the Bemer to heal injured horses seems to be popular, says Dr Mac.
Age has not prevented a group of elderly communal sheep farmers in the former Transkei from embracing change and improving their flocks. The result has been better sheep, finer wool...
Whether producing feedlot or veld beef, the Afrikaner is an excellent choice. A hardy, easy-calving breed with high disease-resistance, it excels under a wide range of conditions. Commercial cattle farmer...
The size of your pig housing infrastructure will depend on the number of pigs you have. Ideally, it should be strong, simple and adaptable, and it need not be expensive,...
Puleng Ndlovu left a career in aviation to start farming with Brangus cattle on a land reform farm. He strongly feels that emerging farmers should align themselves with successful commercial...
We’re into 2015. Time to haul out my crystal ball, give it a good shine and peer deep inside to see what lies in store for the year ahead.

Canola – a viable alternative

One of South Africa’s most experienced canola farmers, AJ Louw of Malmesbury, tells Denene Erasmus about the benefits of canola in a rotation system and as a cash crop in...

Changeable chillies

There are approximately 22 species of Capsicum, of which five are grown commercially. However, some of these can be crossed with one another to produce different varieties.

Choose the right onion variety

Choosing the right type of onion can be difficult, as the variety has to suit both the area and the planting seasons.

Making monoculture work

To many farmers and home gardeners, crop rotation is a holy grail – they’ll never plant the same crop consecutively in the same ground.
South African kiwi fruit growers can lift yields by following best management practices, as well as by exploring new high-yielding gold varieties. Robyn Joubert reports.

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