Developing an agritourism operation may present a viable way to increase your farming income, while still maintaining normal farming activities, but it may not be suitable for every farm or...
Agritourism can offer farmers an ideal avenue for diversifying their agricultural enterprises while earning additional income. In a four-part series, Julinda Schroeder examines the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a tourism...
SA fishing tackle suppliers have capitalised on the popularity of carp angling and the many ways to catch this voracious fish.

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A new combination of market factors is triggering a shift in farmers’ operational focus as the agriculture sector as a whole demonstrates greater agility.
Rainfall prospects to replenish the water levels of some of South Africa’s dams, which have been dipping below the levels recorded at the same time last year, are not looking...
The Land Bank has announced plans to allocate about R3 billion to the agricultural sector during the 2017/2018 financial year.
Farmers should be proactive about establishing their water allocations, says James Brand, senior associate at ENSafrica. Jeandré du Preez spoke to him about the legalities of water usage.
The EU recently launched a US$45 million (about R665,9 million) programme to support the growth of Zimbabwe’s livestock sector.
If commercial, mainly white, farmers did not co-operate on land restitution and acknowledge the wrongs of the past, then expropriation would be the only way to resolve the issue, ANC...
According to some, there is a viable alternative to Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s controversial 50:50 land reform proposal. With this option, the land holds its value and farmers can improve economies...
Petrus Bosman (31), the Santam-Agri Western Cape Young Farmer of the Year 2012, is the managing director of his family’s wine and vine farming business in Wellington. He spoke to...
A father and daughter team from Zimbabwe bought a hydroponic farm and packhouse in Ballito in 2008. They positioned their business for growth by embracing government’s desire to advance black...
The following document sets out the terms and conditions for those interested in becoming a strategic partner of Milk Afric, a start-up enterprise in Lobatse, Botswana.
Although honeybush has long been used in parts of South Africa to brew a caffeine-free tea, it has remained a small-scale activity. However, the industry has potential to grow and...
Despite ongoing delays and red tape, Merino stud breeder Eddie Prinsloo and eight of his employees have begun farming in partnership in a business known as the Donkerhoek Farming Project....
Here’s an easy-to-cook take on an old classic in which best beef, mushrooms, sour cream and the brandy of your choice come together on rice or pasta, with or without...
Some call this dessert millefeuille but I never cook anything I can’t pronounce. But custard slices? There’s a joyous childhood memory! Try this classic version, culled from some good friends’...
It’s impossible to think of a more suitable recipe for Farmer’s Weekly. Give this one of a million versions your full attention and win the praise of your lucky fellow...
There’s nothing like an egg to start the day. But why stop there? Add smoked salmon, tangy lemon, melted butter, and a slice of toast for a regal treat.
If detective stories set in New York are true, every second NYPD policeman lives on a diet of spaghetti and meatballs. This Italian-influenced American dish is one of the many...
This is based on an ancient principle: if one is good, two is better. Hence the double salsa. While best with a freshly grilled steak, this combination also works superbly...
One of the questions modern farmers face is whether they can farm in an environmentally sustainable, yet profitable, way. Craig Galloway provided the answer in his PhD thesis on the...
To show a horse at top level you need aptitude, dedication and hard work, explains Kim Dyson.
Not all fish species are suitable for aquaculture simply because they grow large in their natural habitat.
Get the sweat out of your horse, as well as dirt and loose hairs. Dr Mac shows how.
Breeders tend to take the pedigrees of their horses for granted, not realising that they are important legal documents. This is where the Animal Improvement Act and the South African...
The winter months lie ahead and additional nutritional supplementation should be given to animals in time.
Anybody who has spent time on a busy fresh produce market floor will agree that it is a madhouse of noise and frenetic activity – especially at the daily trading...
We look at using pine needles, leaves, lawn clippings, straw, compost and straw manure as mulch.
'Stick to what you know and make changes gradually over a few seasons,' writes Bill Kerr.
Readers frequently ask me for specific fertiliser programmes for their crops. I would happily oblige if all crops were the same!
Lettuce big-vein disease is transmitted by the soil-borne fungus (Olpidium brassicae).
With all eyes on the road ahead in 2012, I would like to share a few thoughts with you. A positive ending to 2011 for the two main organisations representing...
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