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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

Animal health practitioners are urging livestock farmers to vaccinate their livestock against Rift Valley fever now, as all signs were pointing to the possibility of a large outbreak in the...
July is National Savings Month which aims to build and nurture a culture of savings among South Africans.
The outbreak of the virulent H5 strain of avian flu in Uganda, has led to Kenya and Rwanda banning the importation of all poultry and poultry products from that country,...
Despite suffering the worst drought in decades, South Africa’s pome fruit industry fared relatively well compared with initial expectations, according to Hortgro, the organisation which represents South Africa's deciduous fruit...
The Western Cape High Court recently declared it an infringement of personal rights to ban the use of marijuana in homes.
Recently-appointed SAAGA chairperson, Kosie Eloff, shared the following observations about the current avocado season...
Mediation is a low-cost, high-value method of solving disputes and has been underutilised in SA, with complainants favouring expensive litigation instead. Advocate Alan Nelson SC spoke to Denene Erasmus about...
'KwaMandlangampisi' might be a bit of a mouthful, but it's a name to savour because it's the country's first Protected Environment, and it bars an important catchment area from mining....
The hefty losses suffered in the agricultural sector as a result of the drought has raised questions about the relevance of agricultural insurance in today’s farming environment. Wilma den Hartigh...
Rural communities and farm workers can supplement their incomes by cashing in on South Africa’s honey shortage. With African Honey Bee’s business model, budding beekeepers can gain the skills to...
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...
Lawrence Maduna (65), the Agricultural Research Council’s Eastern Cape Emerging Beef Farmer for 2014, farms a Bonsmara-dominated herd of 160 breeding females in the Lady Grey district of the Eastern...
This quick and easy recipe produces a meal that works almost as well cold as it does hot, providing content for a dinner party or picnic. The breakthrough that makes...

Beef fillet casserole

Would you believe it? It seems that butchers keep the trimmings from the beef fillets separate from the actual fillets. Much cheaper than whole fillet, they allow you to prepare...
I recently received a call from Angela, inviting me to attend a site meeting in a Durban suburb to discuss the design of two cottages on her property for possible...
Kalahari Water Resort is nestled on the tranquil banks of the Gariep River and situated near Keimoes in the Northern Cape. This adventure holiday farm offers peace and tranquillity for...
There’s something special about one-pot cooking. This hearty combination of beans, onions and smoked pork belly needs only a wedge of bread to soak up the flavour-rich juices.
'The nets were never designed to keep the sharks away from the beaches but merely to kill them.'

Handling stallions

Stallions can be dangerous and must be taught to respect you from an early age, says Dr Mac.
An intensive aquaculture system can fail for several reasons. A producer should always be prepared.
SA’s environmental approach of preserving rather than conserving is hampering commercial tilapia culture.
Agri Northern Cape Young Farmer of the Year finalist Johann Bekker says a reliable water supply is crucial for successful commercial sheep farming in the western Kalahari. Annelie Coleman visited...
Boran farmer, Johannes van Rensburg, says that the commitment of individuals advances the breed.
The quality and clarity of a brand determine how well it will stand up in court. Good branding technique and the proper equipment also reduces stress for animals.

How to calibrate a spray rig

All too often, I come across farmers who are not accurate enough with their sprayer calibration.
High(er) prices might sound like good news for farmers, but it certainly won’t be for beleaguered consumers (who include all of us) as they struggle with increases on a wide...
For sweet potato runners to root, the soil around the plants must be moist. Usually, the irrigation applied just after planting will be enough, but this depends on soil type...

Carrot root diseases

Your carrot crop is looking good. You can almost hear the money cascading into your bank account. Then you harvest it – and all that profit vanishes.
While many emerging farmers usually battle to survive, being thrown in the deep end helped organic farmer Jimmy Ka-Botha to succeed. Today he supplies Woolworths and Pick n Pay. Peter...
Businessman, farmer and Rhodes scholar Anthony Evans, says that GM technology and advanced farming practices have contributed to the success of his family’s farming business. Anthony is Grain SA/Syngenta’s 2013...

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