Laws dictate what farmers can and can’t do. They are for the good of the land as well as beneficial to the farmer.
One of the many challenges you’ll face as your farming business grows is deciding how many people to employ, writes Roelof Bezuidenhout.
You need textbook knowledge, practical experience and creative thinking to make it as a farmer, says Susan Pletts.
How do cost-conscious small-scale farmers select the right piping for their irrigation systems? Bernard Reeksting offers some tips.
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.
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.
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.
Locally sourced material can give buildings an attractive, natural, cost-effective finish. Roelof Bezuidenhout offers some examples.
Keep detailed records to claim diesel rebates according to the taxman’s requirements.
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.
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.
Make sure you can pay your bills while you wait for your farming operation to earn an income, cautions Susan Pletts.