How to Business

Responsible landownership

Laws dictate what farmers can and can’t do. They are for the good of the land as well as beneficial to the farmer.

Labour basics

One of the many challenges you’ll face as your farming business grows is deciding how many people to employ, writes Roelof Bezuidenhout.

What you need to know as a farmer

You need textbook knowledge, practical experience and creative thinking to make it as a farmer, says Susan Pletts.
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irrigation pipes, selecting the right ones

How do cost-conscious small-scale farmers select the right piping for their irrigation systems? Bernard Reeksting offers some tips.

Looking after your buildings pays

Don’t let everything go to rock and ruin until your farmyard looks like an informal settlement. Regular care and attention will save you a fortune in the long run, writes Roelof Bezuidenhout.

Important terms you need to know

Bankers and people involved in finance use many fancy words, and knowing what they mean is necessary if you want to make money, writes Susan Pletts.

Anyone can do maths!

We can’t escape maths, so learn to love it, because it’s something you can’t do without when it comes to running your business successfully, writes Susan Pletts.

Building maintenance and repair

Locally sourced material can give buildings an attractive, natural, cost-effective finish. Roelof Bezuidenhout offers some examples.

Diesel rebates: keeping the right records

Keep detailed records to claim diesel rebates according to the taxman’s requirements.

Finding out about diesel rebates

SARS recently clamped down on diesel rebates, and many farmers have been hit with hefty fines. Don’t become one of them. Susan Pletts goes through the claims process.

Farmers, get to know your neighbour

City dwellers may get by without taking much interest in what goes on in their street or block of flats, but farmers simply can’t afford to ignore their neighbours, says Roelof Bezuidenhout.

Working capital

Make sure you can pay your bills while you wait for your farming operation to earn an income, cautions Susan Pletts.

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