Field Crops

Contract growers could capitalise on katambora

Zimbabwean expatriate Paul Hanly has persevered since he began promoting local katambora rhodes grass seed production for export to the Middle Eastern dairy industry. Issue Date: 16 February 2007

Wine tourism – an answer to the wine industry’s woes?

The wine surplus across the globe is putting the livelihoods of wine ­farmers under pressure. While there are no easy answers, key role-players in the South African wine industry feel...

Organic oils – scents of success

Stuart and Grant McMurray are reaping the rewards of essential oil production in Zululand, KZN, after identifying the need for a South African operation that could supply the growing international...

New dawn for Transkei’s green gold

Magwa Tea Estate in the Eastern Cape has long been regarded a political white ­elephant, mired in ­corruption and kept afloat by state subsidies. With an expected record yield and...

A productive retirement in colourful bloom

Lifelong Eastern Cape stock farmers Pam and Ivan Buchler left their farm near the small hamlet of Bolo almost two years ago to face retirement. As Mike Burgess learned, an...

Virgin purity of organic olives

Olive farmers Silvana and Richard Atkinson of Waterfall River farm in Franschhoek, Western Cape, won the trophy for the Best Extra-Virgin Olive Oil at the recently held SA Olive Awards...

Afgri benefits from better conditions

A healthy recovery in the maize price and a general improvement in the agricultural economic climate have contributed to services company Afgri's growth in the first half of its financial...

Onion shortage to hit SA following massive hail damage

A national onion shortage and a dramatic increase in prices are expected following a devastating hail storm that recently struck a large onion-­producing area in the Northern Cape.

crops – soilborne diseases

Getting to the root of healthy maize The management of soilborne plant diseases is one of the greatest challenges facing modern agriculture, as Lloyd Phillips discovered during an information day...

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SA organic industry shows dramatic growth

Organic farming is one of the fastest-growing disciplines within the local and international agricultural sector, with an estimated annual growth of up to 300% in South Africa, says David Wolstenholme,...

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has appealed to the public for any information that could lead to the arrest of the intruders that butchered...

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