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The Tswelopele community farming project, launched in April 2012 by the Bekker Agricultural High School, Mutual & Federal and Kops Communications & Projects recently had its first commercial harvest and...
The KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union is frustrated that the province’s newest Land Claims Commissioner has cancelled an important meeting to discuss land conflicts in KZN.
Government has been urged to speedily provide meaningful drought-relief interventions to farmers in the North West, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.

Checkers Tweets for trees

Checkers is urging shoppers to step up for spekboom plants (Portulacaria afra) this Arbour Week, which runs until September 7, to be planted on their behalf in underprivileged communities.
South African farmers must make ‘market-smart’ decisions. Interest rates are at their lowest level in 30 years and this creates the ideal opportunity for farmers to invest in technology.
Recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data points to a negative growth of a seasonally adjusted and annualised rate of -0,3% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter of 2016...
Jannie and Wouter Kriel from Montagu, Western Cape have ensured the commercial viability of their olive farm by buying in and processing olives while waiting for their orchards to mature....
Land claims on the world heritage site, Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (GSLWP) in northern Zululand, are being settled quickly and amicably between affected parties.
The newly released bills amending the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act offer more clarity to questions surrounding the future of labour brokers in South Africa....

Dealing with land claims

The pending reopening of the land claims window for a further five years could see a flood of claims being lodged on South African farms. With more than 7 000...
Johan Tijssen, owner of Dicla Farm and Seed and a first-generation South African of Dutch descent, demonstrates how it’s possible to generate a multi-million rand annual turnover from just 260ha.
Eight developing maize farmers plan to better themselves and their community through government and private assistance, hard work and a determination to equip themselves with as much knowledge as possible.

Mussels in beer

Raw mussels, straight off the rocks, were a staple of the strandlopers, indigenous South Africans from long ago. For those of us far from the strand, the nation’s supermarkets provide...
Chris and Madelein from Botswana want to build an Octagonal farmhouse on their 17ha farm. They ask Jonno for assistance.
I got a call from a mining company in the Natal Midlands. For their mining licence to be renewed, certain socio-economic services and structures were required. A crèche was one...

Ginger and honey cake

Baking is complex or simple, depending on how you’re feeling on the day. The food I cook is mostly very simple. Baking, on the other hand, is full of mysteries....

Tomato tarts

There are times in a braai connoisseur’s life when he or she gets to wondering what to serve after the boerewors, chops and well-aged rump steak, but before the ice...
Abré J Steyn speculates about the future we can expect should we continue to destroy our planet.

Jump for joy!

Any horse person will tell you about the hours of laughter that you'll get out of sharing jump stories. Go to the Sappi horse trials and you will notice how...
Nguni stud breeder, Dr Paul Meulenbeld, explains how to improve the breed’s milk production.
South African cattle breeder Nico Olivier has negotiated semen and embryo exchange with top studs in Paraguay and Brazil. Animals from Nico's Angus Africa stud are winning championships and strengthening...
Goat farming is central to the economy of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela Traditional Authority (BBKTA) in North West. A project to improve the local goat herds through world-class genetics is...
Veterinarian Dr Jan du Preez discusses the top five diseases that South African farmers should guard against to ensure that their cattle and their bottom-line are not negatively affected.
A vaccination programme will increase profits by reducing mortality and improving the health of chicks.

The value of bacteria

Each group of organisms living in the soil has a different function and these organisims’ interaction with one another should create a balance that benefits plants.
Finding ways to minimise the high cost of packaging is an ongoing challenge.
I have always considered the apple industry to be at the forefront of innovation.
A crop has no way of ‘knowing’ or ‘sensing’ your good intentions. Instead, it responds to the prevailing conditions as a means of self-preservation.
‘Ugly produce’, it seems, is finding its way onto retail shelves around the world.
Quality beer needs quality barley and there’s not enough of it in South Africa. RD Erasmus, well-known Western Cape barley producer, spoke to Jacques Claassen about how he has optimised...

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