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...

Long live the leopard

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...

Plough for more

The South African Apple and Pear Producers’ Organisation (SAAPPA) anticipates a normal pome fruit season despite drought conditions affecting certain production areas, according to a SAAPPA press release.
The Bonsmara breed is the ideal breed for the African continent. This was according to Bonsmara breeder Arthur de Villiers.
Concerns have been expressed that feedlot margins could come under pressure going forward, especially if feed prices increased on the back of delayed summer plantings.
Free State Agriculture (FSA) rejected the idea of a national minimum wage for South Africa, including farm workers.
Dairy farmers have been offered a measure of price relief, with Clover increasing its producer price of milk on 1 March and Parmalat offering an increase to producers in cheese...
Omri van Zyl, Agri SA’s executive director, was elected president of the World Farmers' Organisation’s (WFO) audit board in Rome, Italy, at a WFO meeting earlier this week.
Lawrence and Simphiwe Mtswene’s farm near Nigel is due to benefit from the Recapitalisation and Development Programme, a boost after the couple’s long financial struggle. Peter Mashala reports.
Producing popcorn is a highly specialised industry that differs from conventional maize production, says Johann Kriek, CEO of the Bigfoot Trading Company. Annelie Coleman reports.

Rift Valley fever

This highly contagious disease originated in the Rift Valley of East Africa, and occurred for the first time in South Africa during the 1950's.
The Kasselhoft estate near Leeudoringstad in North West evokes the French countryside with its fragrant lavender and rosemary fields. This is where Trudi and Rina Kasselman run their herbal business...
A South African company, CLC Solar Wind Energy, has recently developed a cost-effective gasifier to allow farmers to generate electricity from wood or stone fruit pits. Chris Coetzee, project manager...
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...
Jono sketches a floor plan of a thatched roof home for reader George.
These are dual-purpose cottages, so hunters could occupy them during the hunting season, and eco-tourists could occupy them during the off-season
About a million years ago when I was in Std 7, my parents sent me to my tweetalige oom in Kroonstad to improve my Afrikaans, this being impossible in Durban....
Here's a design of a three-bedroom, double-storey contemporary home situated in a rural area.
So this family holds a major braai with food of limitless quality and abundance. Somewhere around midnight, the well-fed masses went home, leaving this writer with the singular task of...
Dear Jonno I kindly need an architectural drawing of the plan of the house shown in your article of 25 July 2014. I also need a floor plan plus elevations...
Warne and Wendy Rippon, owners of Buffalo Kloof Wildlife Safaris in the Eastern Cape, were concerned about the poverty in neighbouring Yendella community. So much so, that they launched an...
It is designed to protect, but can cause injury if applied incorrectly, says Dr Mac.

SAPIR 2013 results

Hot weather and a headwind made for tough flying conditions at this year’s SA Professional Invitational Pigeon Race, says Thomas Smit.

Expanding a dairy enterprise

South Africans consume a mere 145ml of milk per person per day – so there’s room for expansion. But how? In fact, farmers have several options.
Boer goat stud breeder Johan Boshoff uses production data as a valuable tool to breed a new generation of goats to take his herd, the breed, and the industry forward....
Volumes of formally marketed communal wool in the Eastern Cape have increased from 222 610kg in the 1997/1998 season to more than five million kilograms in 2017/2018. Mike Burgess spoke...

Integrity is profitable

In his Managing for Profit column of 5 February, Peter Hughes tells how leadership expert Fred Kiel found that businesses managed by people of character made returns up to five...
Here are some guidelines for growing vegetables under drought conditions.
A KZN vegetable co-op has given its disabled members a sense of purpose, while making a valuable contribution to the nutritional needs of their families.
I always remind the market agents whom I train that when it comes to marketing options, they are one of eight available to a farmer.
Apart from reducing cyst eelworm, planting trap crops has other advantages.
The trust relationship between producer and market agent is the oil that lubricates the fresh produce engine.
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