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Preparing to plant carrots: seeds and soil

Preparing to plant carrots: seeds and soil

Carrots have a very deep root system and a mass of fine feeder roots.
Urgent access to more avocado export markets needed – Subtrop

Urgent access to more avocado export markets needed – Subtrop

A large avocado harvest means the industry needs to access more export markets to remain sustainable, according to the South African Subtropical Growers Association (Subtrop).
Profiting from indigenous livestock

Profiting from indigenous livestock

John Schenk and Fiona Lees are focused on the timber industry near Hogsback, but started a part-time agricultural venture near Elliot in 2004. Despite committing to Nguni cattle, their willingness...
Slow-cooked oxtail with burnt sugar

Slow-cooked oxtail with burnt sugar

Oxtail is a classic casserole and a firm favourite. Here’s a variation I’d never come across before, but after making it, and more importantly, loving it, I recommend it to...
Rabbit cages

Practical tips for starting a rabbit farm

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.
More rain needed to break Western Cape drought

More rain needed to break Western Cape drought

In spite of good rains over the past week and Day Zero being averted in the Cape metropole, Western Cape farmers still need a lot of rain for the drought...
Building a farm manager's home in phases

Building a farm manager’s home in phases

In this instalment of HillbillyHomes, a client requests a design for an affordable, three-bedroom home that is small but comfortable.
Green water fish systems

Green water fish culture: the perfect alternative

Green water culture provides a highly nutritious ‘soup’ of feed for fish stock, promoting faster growth. It also cuts out the high cost of artificial feed.
Australia’s biggest live sheep exporter loses its licence

Australia’s biggest live sheep exporter loses its licence

Australia’s Department of Agriculture has suspended the licence of an unnamed live sheep exporter, it has said in a statement.
Innovative, sustainable aquaponics production in Berlin

Innovative, sustainable aquaponics production in Berlin

With arable land under increasing pressure, there is a strong push to use urban space in new ways to help meet the demand for food and fibre. Lloyd Phillips visited...
Top female entrepreneur’s passion for training new farmers

Top female entrepreneur’s passion for training new farmers

Piggery owner Zodwa Thwala, winner of the 2017 Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Best Female Entrepreneur Award, says that her love for teaching motivated her to add farmer...
Is fair trade a fool’s paradise?

Is fair trade a fool’s paradise?

The biggest story coming out of the recent Group of Seven (G7) summit in Canada is the heckling by US President Donald Trump on Twitter, which was directed at other...

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Courts order municipalities to adhere to commonage rules

Courts order municipalities to adhere to commonage rules

Two recent court rulings on commonages have outlined the rights of those using the areas, as well as the responsibilities of official custodians.
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