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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 Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (Sifte) has awarded bursaries to the value of R2,9 million to 45 students from sugarcane-growing communities to study engineering and agriculture.
Massmart Holdings, South Africa’s biggest food and goods wholesaler, says it has successfully linked more than 100 farmers into formal retail.
A group of 16 students from South Dakota State University (SDSU) visited South Africa during their March spring break, according to Kierra Leddy, an agricultural communications major at the university.
Well-known South African frozen foods company Irvin & Johnson is disputing the Competition Commission’s charges that it had engaged in anti-competitive practices with feedlotting and beef processing company Karan Beef.
In the wake of the EU horse meat scandal, a new study by Dr Donna-Maree Cawthorn and Prof Louw Hoffman of Stellenbosch University’s Department of Animal Sciences, in conjunction with...

Miners abuse graves

Farmers were accused of failing to allow access to graves on private property at the recent national summit on vulnerable workers, but mining also has a case to answer in...
In the final part of this series, Peter Hittersay offers advice on how to drive and operate a tractor safely, as well as keep it clean and in good condition.
Cois Harman’s assistance to developing farmer GK Gasekoma is a case study in mentoring. His procedure should be compulsory in any project involving taxpayers’ money.

Orchids of Eden

Duckitt Nurseries was initially built on passion and four orchid species, but it is now the biggest cut flower and Cymbidium orchid farm in South Africa with a few hundred...
Women who venture into farming on their own, or in partnerships with their husbands, have to remember certain basic principles to be successful.
To most people Gauteng would not bring to mind the image of lush crop fields or technologically advanced agriculture. Yet the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment (GDACE) has...
In 2012, the South African fruit industry launched an initiative to develop a set of environmental and ethical standards in line with international norms. As part of this, a programme...
Dear Jonno I am a Farmer’s Weekly magazine subscriber and I normally see your beautiful plans in it. I do not know if you could assist me. I want a...

Farm-style design

I received a call from Chris, who said he and his wife are purchasing a cattle farm in North West. They want a home which allows for catering, sub-letting, letting...
Dirk and Edith applied for a 10-unit development on a portion of their farm in the upper Van Reenen's Pass area of KZN.
Cattle and maize farmers Maurice and Celestè Leonard have established hiking trails, a wedding venue and accommodation on their Gauteng farm. They spoke to Gerhard Uys.
Helga wants Jonno to design a two-bedroom cottage with many glass windows and panels. Let's see what Jonno designs.
Jonno designs a retirement home for Dan from KZN.
Texas is widely known as some of the best cattle country in the world. It evokes images of whooping and hollering cowboys on horseback herding vast herds of Longhorn cattle...
Remember those ‘Cowboy and Indian’ films where feather-clad braves galloped on handsome Appaloosa horses firing off arrows?
Certain non-negotiable measures are needed to make small, community-run fish farms successful.
Tink Strydom’s Hartebeesfontein Stud produces Merinos that excel on grassveld and have good medium to strong wool. He spoke to Gavin Isted.
Become familiar with what’s healthy and what’s not, says Kim Dyson.
Riders must choose a bit to suit their young horse's shape and development.
I often chuckle inwardly when I’m on a market floor listening to a negotiation between the salesperson and a buyer. The exchange frequently differs dramatically from what I teach about...
The global sugar industry is often slammed for wasting freshwater resources. In SA, sugar farmers and processors have found practical ways to improve water use efficiency.
Dr Gerhard Nortje, a fertiliser consultant and senior lecturer at the University of South Africa, says that correct soil pH and nutrient balance are crucial for the sustainable and profitable...
The sweet potato weevil (Cylas spp) is arguably the most destructive pest of this crop.

Still the best option

This week I want to discuss orderly marketing on the local fresh produce commission markets. This can be a harsh school for the unwary, but it can also be beneficial...
A KZN husband and wife team are growing and distributing the highly nutritious Moringa tree amongst the poorest of the poor.

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