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Pecan nut farming: high cost, big returns

The boom in nut prices in recent years is expected to continue as consumers opt for healthier foods. This has increasingly led to farmers replacing their crops with nut trees....
How pioneers make mango production work

How pioneers make mango production work

Bernie van den Heever and Danie Smit are proving that mango production can become a thriving enterprise in the Western Cape.
Litchis & avos: using precision farming to improve yields

Litchis & avos: using precision farming to improve yields

Demand for litchis and avocados has soared and encouraged producers to embrace precision farming methods. Stephan Schoeman, owner of Soetkalmoes Consultation in Nelspruit, an advisory service for the tree crops...
Pecan nuts: how to plan an orchard and prepare the soil

Pecan nuts: how to plan an orchard and prepare the soil

To maximise pecan nut production, it is crucial to prepare the soil properly. To maximise pecan nut production, it is crucial to prepare the soil properly. This includes applying fertiliser...
Eastern Cape farmers head west to diversify

Eastern Cape farmers head west to diversify

Two ways of reducing farming risk are to grow a variety of crops and plant in different geographical areas. Several citrus farmers from the Eastern Cape and other provinces have...
Macadamia fertilisation: an expert guide for SA growers

Macadamia fertilisation: an expert guide for SA growers

Dr Gerhard Nortje, a fertiliser consultant and senior lecturer at the University of South Africa, says that correct soil pH and nutrient balance are crucial for the sustainable and profitable...
Mechanised fruit farming: increase profits and create jobs

Mechanised fruit farming: increase profits and create jobs

Johan Esterhuyse, who produces a range of stone fruit varieties has introduced mechanisation on his farm to ensure profitability and long-term sustainability. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the positive...
Macadamias: a growing industry, but challenges await

Macadamias: a growing industry, but challenges await

South Africa’s macadamia industry is expected to double production over the next few years. But processors will have to find new markets and add value to nuts to maintain exports,...
Strawberries: overcoming the stumbling blocks

Strawberries: overcoming the stumbling blocks

Strawberry production in South Africa is expensive, with exhorbitant set-up costs. The market is also very competitive. Mark Miller, operations manager at Redberry Strawberry Farm in George, spoke to Jay...
Ceres farmer achieves best-ever harvest, despite drought

Ceres farmer achieves best-ever harvest, despite drought

Despite extremely dry conditions, Ceres Valley farmer, Retief du Toit, recently succeeded in producing his two best harvests ever. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how he achieved this.
New cultivars & production methods for guava industry

New cultivars & production methods for guava industry

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is funding research to stimulate and sustain the growth and development of minor crops in the province, a move that promises to transform the...
Grabbing hold of the golden kiwifruit export market

Grabbing hold of the golden kiwifruit export market

Golden kiwifruit is in high demand in Europe and Asia. New Zealand is currently the largest producer and exporter of the fruit in the southern hemisphere, but South Africa is...

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Wine industry satisfied with inflationary sin tax increase

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