KwaZulu-Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Africa’s largest estuarine system, is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The uMfolozi River, long artifically separated from the lake, is again flowing into it, restoring the...
Greg Butler, Australian conservation agriculturalist, recently spoke to SA farmers about smart production strategies and innovation in a competitive farming environment. Jacques Claassen reports from the Conservation Agriculture Western Cape...
Leopard populations are at risk across their range. Research conducted by the Limpopo Leopard Project has resulted in an adaptive management system for leopard conservation. Carnivore ecologist, Ross Pitman, spoke...

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According to Zambia’s Ministry of Agriculture, the country will maintain its existing ban on maize exports until the next season’s harvest to safeguard national food security.
The deaths of nine farmworkers in a road accident on the N1 between Touws River and De Doorns have sent shockwaves through the agricultural community.
Classes at the Elsenburg Agricultural College are set to resume this afternoon (2 September) following student protests over the Western Cape institution’s language policy.
A state-of-the art training facility for developing pig farmers was opened in Baynesfield near Pietermaritzburg recently.
A 10-member rhino poaching syndicate that operated in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal is expected to appear in court on 29 September.
The Red Meat Producers Organisation (RPO) in the Free State has congratulated the South African Police Service (SAPS) and farmers in the Reitz district following the arrest of six suspected...
A phenomenal 200 000+ men attended this year's Mighty Men Conference. Led by renowned preacher, farmer and Farmer's Weekly columnist Angus Buchan at his family's Shalom Farm outside Greytown in...
It's very upsetting knowing you have to pay an account when you don't know where the money is going to come from. That's why keeping track of your expenses is...
Over the past three years, Durbanville Hills wine cellar has saved thousands of rands simply by changing the way it uses electricity. Cellar master Martin Moore talked to Glenneis Kriel...
Since 2003, this Eastern Cape small-scale ostrich farming project has been providing opportunities for farmers to improve their livelihoods. Having overcome stringent biosecurity requirements, the project is set to expand...
Agricultural machinery and implements are vital to any commercial farming operation. It’s equally important that this equipment is well managed and maintained. Lloyd Phillips reports.
After venturing into the organic fresh market, the owners of Sandveld Organics on the West Coast created a niche for themselves in the organic seed market. Susi Engelbrecht spoke to...
James and Jill phoned me to request help with the design of additions to their home in Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal.
Jonno gives FWSA readers a special gift for Christmas - a basic home design.
Maaike and Stefaan look to Jonno to help them design a holiday cottage in the Eastern Cape.
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.
This is a fine stand-alone dish, or if you’re a relentless carnivore like this writer, a great side-dish to a mutton or chicken curry. A couple of roti per diner...
In this week's issue of FW, Jonno assists a reader Benjamin with a design for employee accommodation on his farm.
Bringing a horse back into work after illness or injury is always a risky business. Kim Dyson offers some helpful tips.
It’s not unusual for Gauteng pigeon fanciers to experience a fast-paced start in the first six races of the season. With the races being from south to north, the prevailing...
Long considered the ‘aquaculture fish of the future’, tilapia products are now being imported in quantity from Zimbabwe, writes Stephen McVeigh.
The Daybreaker Beef Off Grass brand, a partnership between farmers Llewellyn Maclean and father-and-son team Pieter and Koot Prinsloo, aims to create a market for selling oxen as grass-fed beef.
Protein and energy deficiencies have been reported from many areas of the country. If early spring and summer rains do not fall, many areas will face food shortages. Start planning...
Father and son team, Paradise and Temba Mahlangu, believe in sound education, hard work, service to the community and a balance between the drive to succeed and a sense of...
How many farmers load up their truck with fresh produce, dispatch it to the market, and say to themselves: “I’ll leave it up to the agent now. It’s his job...
Gilly Scheepers is the unassuming 2012 Grain SA and Syngenta Grain Producer of the Year. Flourishing in rugged terrain across three districts, he attributes his success to hard work and...
Wimpie Smit, co-owner of AMW Boerdery in the Western Cape, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about beating the odds in a tough market and managing a fickle crop.
Len Hobson, who died recently at the age of 87, introduced papayas from Hawaii to South Africa in the late 1960s and became a recognised authority on subtropical fruit and...
Last week, I wrote about the 70th birthday celebrations of the Institute of Market Agents of South Africa (Imasa) and predicted that it would be ‘an affair to remember’.
The old control boards in the fresh produce sector did good work in some areas, but ended up with a rather dismal record in other aspects.
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