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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

Citrus farmers in the Sundays River Valley are losing millions every season because of theft of fruit and vandalising of orchards, said Hannes de Waal, CEO of the Sundays River...
The Democratic Alliance has called on President Zuma to clarify what actions he intends on taking against agriculture minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, following the controversial awarding of an R800 million fisheries...
At least 326 wildfires were recorded countrywide during June, the first month of the possibly six-month long fire season.
Cattle farmers in rural North West are losing up to 15% liveweight on their weaners from being transported on unmaintained roads.
A fox has been let loose in the hen house of poultry meat regulations after the agriculture department released an incorrect statement saying that the regulations that would, among others,...
The Nile Delta in northern Egypt, one of the largest river deltas in the world, is under threat from a rapidly increasing population, climate change, and poor management of garbage...
Farmers Kabelo and Matshidiso Mooketsi had no previous agricultural knowledge before they began working on a communal farm in 2008. Despite a lack of experience and a difficult introduction to...
While rabbit farming can be fairly lucrative, it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Karoline Steenekamp about the do’s and don’ts when starting a rabbit enterprise.
At just 24 years old, Thato Moagi is already an award-winning farmer. She spoke to Luyolo Mkentane about her mixed farming operation and plans for the future.
Young South Africans appear to be in high demand in the United States, especially as seasonal farmworkers.
Zambia’s rural economy is dependent on thousands of resource-poor smallholder farmers. Mukumbuta Mukumbuta, a local entrepreneur, spoke to Lloyd Phillips about how his maize milling venture provides a market for...
The milling operation started out of necessity. Today a successful business, here are lessons from an expert on maize meal and animal feed milling.

A season to remember

Record-breaking rains. A dearth of insects where there are usually swarms. Fewer birds than normal. Are these signs of climate change? asks Abré J Steyn.

Making sense of sound

It's easy to take hearing for granted as most of us know nothing about how the delicate ear interprets sound waves, writes Abré J Steyn.
Dear Jonno We are currently planning our farming ventures in the Karoo. To secure income for the capitalisation of these activities, we entered into an agreement with a foreign investor/developer...

Mango pudding

You might like something a little less sweet for Christmas pudding. For that, try this mango pudding recipe.

Honey & apple tart

Despite the disapproval of health-conscious buddies, I find it hard to resist satisfying my sweet tooth. Usually I do so with ice cream, but opted for some hot pudding, full...
Part of the seriously marvellous joy of cooking is the combination of the familiar with the new. While sometimes this produces a meal fit for Frankenstein, mostly the outcome is...
Training for the first year of the South African Prestige Invitational Race is in full swing. Thomas Smit takes a look at this event.
The University of Fort Hare's Nguni Cattle Project, launched in 2003, is successfully managing the resurgence of the Nguni cattle breed in its traditional home of the former Ciskei and...
The draft policy on national game farming recently came under review. Roelof ­Bezuidenhout speaks to ­Eastern Cape rancher Arthur ­Rudman who attended the review workshop and who fully supports the...

An answer to African poverty?

According to Johnny Morrison, chairperson of the SA Indigenous Veld Goat Club, a millenia-long migration through Africa has honed the breed into a superbly functional animal. Annelie Coleman reports.
Heinrich Bruwer's passion for superior Brahmans has led him to the best genetics in the world.
When Krisjan Kruger returned to the family farm near Elliot in the Eastern Cape in 2004, Simbra cattle would become central to his operation. Mike Burgess recently visited him on...

Dieback: root of the problem

Dying trees in plum orchards, just a few years after planting, recently sparked alarm among Western Cape farmers, especially those in the Berg River region. Prof Piet Stassen, a private...

Success with hydroponics

Hugh and Isabel Wallace farm 4ha of vegetables undercover on Silver Dawn, close to Krugersdorp. They produce high-quality vegetables for the export market and top-end local stores.

It’s happening!

I regularly attack politicians and their bedfellows, and highlight the damage they’re causing to SA’s fresh produce markets.
Seed companies are outdoing themselves in developing new maize cultivars.The national maize cultivar trials, conducted by the Agricultural Research Council, looked at newcomers and old favourites to give maize producers...
Bacterial diseases are a menace to all crops, because unlike the case with fungal diseases, we have few means of controlling them.
Getting paid a fair price for a product is surely uppermost in all farmers’ minds. Having said that, what is a fair price?

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