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Tobacco Mosaic Virus: Symptoms, transmission and management

Tobacco Mosaic Virus: symptoms, transmission and management

Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) can infect a wide range of hosts, and losses of up to 20% have been reported in infected tomatoes. Phillip Mphuthi of the Agricultural Research Council’s...
Amaranth farm trial: a high-potential crop for marginal land?

Amaranth farm trial: a high-potential crop for marginal land?

Amaranth has a high nutrient value and is a popular superfood worldwide. Because it can withstand harsh climatic conditions, it is also an attractive crop to farm. Western Cape farmer,...
Karl van Rensburg’s tomatoes for the fresh produce market are harvested by hand.

Cash crops can combat low grape prices – Part 2

While some farmers in the Olifants River Valley are switching to organic production to overcome poor wine prices, others are converting to fruit and vegetables.
Olifants River Valley farmers’ irrigation woes

Olifants River Valley farmers’ irrigation woes

The supply of water to Olifants River Valley producers has been frequently interrupted in recent years due to breakages in the irrigation canal. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Johan Matthee, CEO...
Know the facts before switching irrigation systems

Know the facts before switching irrigation systems

Drip irrigation systems have a well-deserved reputation for water-efficiency. Although this gives them an obvious advantage in water-scarce South Africa, irrigation specialist, Mark Zartmann, explains that there are several factors...
Conservation farming helps Zambian smallholders thrive

Conservation farming helps Zambian smallholders thrive

People living in the Simalaha Community Conservancy in western Zambia have risen out of poverty through the use of conservation agriculture (CA) methods, according to Chrispin Muchindu, CA manager at Peace...
Cape Flats vegetable farmer cashes in on informal market

Cape Flats vegetable farmer cashes in on informal market

Extensive diversification, including vegetable production, livestock sales and a farm stall, has helped Philippi farmer, Leon Rix, to significantly reduce his business risk. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the...
Maize production: Managing critical plant growth stages

Maize production: Managing critical plant growth stages

There is more to a maize land than meets the eye. It is a mass production facility with thousands of efficient ‘factories’ per hectare, each storing the sun’s energy through...
Addressing the risk of polluted irrigation water

Addressing the risk of polluted irrigation water

A recent study published by the Water Research Commission highlights the urgent need for identifying on-farm treatment options to help reduce the high levels of microbial contamination in irrigation waters,...
After planting, seedlings do not grow for about three weeks. Thereafter, they grow to about hip-height in a matter of weeks.

Great returns with tobacco, the ideal cash crop

Tobacco producer, Peter Kok, says that tobacco is a cash crop that can assist diversification and expansion.
Farmers in the area are sensitive to water usage and adapt accordingly, so that farming remains sustainable.

The Sandveld’s 75t/day family potato business

JH Laubscher Broers has one of the largest potato-growing concerns in the Western Cape, with 300ha under irrigation all through the year.

Biological wine farmer achieves twice regional average yield

Seven years ago, Fritz Breytenbach, a wine grape producer in the Robertson Valley, embarked on his biological farming journey. Today, he is reaping the benefits by producing almost double the...
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