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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

Concern over the vast tracts of unproductive land in South Africa has united Agri SA and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
Joy Matshoge, MEC for agriculture in Limpopo, has come under fire for what the Democratic Alliance (DA) has termed “self-enrichment” after she applied for and received 51 Nguni cattle worth...
Western Cape horse owners can let out a sigh of relief after movement restrictions due to African horse sickness (AHS) were lifted.
The buffalo bull that sold for R168 million last week is a "limited edition" that cannot be found in the market at the moment.
An aquaculture project in Hamburg in the Eastern Cape, established by the department of agriculture, has harvested and sold its first crop of 260 dusky kob fish, commonly known as...
Throughout the past week the unbreakable bond between the consumer and agriculture was recognised by thousands of visitors to the Bien Donné Agri Cape Week at Simondium, Paarl.
Farmers have been suffering accusations of human rights violations of employees. However, an Agri Wes-Cape survey last year revealed that most farmers in the Western Cape invest more in their...
A total of 7 000ha was transferred to the Mabandla community in Kwazulu-Natal as part of government’s land reform programme. The community has since established several successful ventures, including a...
Part-time sheep farmer, and managing director of the International School of Tanning Technology in Grahamstown, Dr Clive Jackson-Moss, talks about the hides and skins industry.
Former minister of agriculture Dr Kraai van Niekerk’s honeybee hobby, which he started after quitting politics in 2009, has grown into a fully-fledged farming enterprise. It is now among the...
In South Africa's rural areas children have alarmingly low levels of vitamin A, which can result in infections, blindness and even death. To combat this critical deficiency, researchers suggest the...

Simply adding value to honey

Four years ago, Simply Bee was selling bottled honey from 240 hives. Today, the company manufactures more than 50 products from over 600 hives, selling them at 163 outlets across...
This Durban boykie has chilli, jeera, elachi and high-octane dhania running in his veins. But recently, other elements such as lime juice and fish sauce have begun to enrich his...

Lake house splendour

I received a request from regular Farmer’s Weekly reader Wayne to design a home which will be situated on a private development estate, located in the Karkloof area of KZN.
My brother recently returned from a business trip to France, where he had what he called the ‘best chicken meal’ of his life. This recipe, reconstructed from memory, is the...
The fascinating cuckoo with its distinctive call parasitises the nests of other species and emerges to follow patterns that have existed for millenia, writes Abré J Steyn.

Just 100m2 & space to spare

Jonno, I work at a mine in Lesotho, and would like to build a thatched roof cottage from natural stone of about 80m2 to 100m2.
Throughout the ages, lions have evoked fear and fascination and endured being ‘tamed’. Rather conserve big cats in the wild, writes Jo Hedges.
Within two seasons, and without warning, the Eastern Cape's free-ranging kudu numbers have shifted from 'too many' to 'too few'. Roelof Bezuidenhout speculates on what could've gone wrong.

All about fenugreek

Horses that compete in sports where big, strong muscles are needed will benefit from having this herb in their feed regularly, says Kim Dyson.
As a result of good rains and high summer temperatures, problems due to intestinal roundworms are increasing. Infestations were reported at:
Newborn piglets can die from crushing, bleeding from the navel, anaemia, starvation or disease. At the root of these causes, however, is poor management. Here are some tips to ensure...
Grouping aquaculture activities on one site for administrative convenience simply won’t work.

Are your pigeons tough enough?

The distance flown is not the deciding factor when identifying a disastrous pigeon race event, but rather the speed and the losses.
Visual appeal plays a major role in the breeding of beans. Darker green, slender, straight beans have become more popular of late.
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.
The African bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) has many host crops. The caterpillar, which is spiny when young, has a light stripe on the sides and usually turns green to match the...

Are you covered?

Producers send huge volumes of fresh produce to the markets – over three million tons a year at last count. A large proportion of this is either placed in cold...

Choosing a tomato variety

We have about 200 tomato varieties in South Africa. This fact alone makes the value of the variety list highly questionable.
In my initial 12 years of cabbage farming I never came across Sclerotinia. I had encountered it in beans before, but never cabbage.
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