Major global food demand-and-supply trends, identified and monitored by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, were already visible before the onset of COVID-19. The pandemic, and governments’...
So says management legend Peter Drucker. He is right; delegation (done properly) gets the job done, saves time and gets the best out of employees! Peter Hughes explains.
A family business can offer good employment opportunities in a pleasant working environment, but it can come with unique challenges. Understand them and you’ll never regret being a family outsider,...

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Dr Theo de Jager, head of the Pan African Farmers’ Organisation (Pafo), will be chairing a roundtable discussion at the UN’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) project’s annual meeting being held...
The central and eastern parts of the Northern Cape as well as the Bushmanland are desperately dry, having experienced extreme temperatures coupled with strong westerly winds.
Police in KwaZulu-Natal are reportedly investigating the motive behind the recent murder of farm manager Mngoma Mbanjwa (51) on Lockwood Farm near Ixopo.
The 35 000 commercial farmers in South Africa represent a R52 billion investment.
Commercial farming will not be disrupted, land grabs will not be tolerated and food security will not be jeopardised by the ANC’s campaign to accelerate land reform.
Smallholder farming’s contribution to agriculture has been recognised at the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU).
Aquaponics involves the organic production of crops and fish in a holistic system – the plants are cultivated using fish waste as the main source of nutrients. Leslie Ter Morshuizen...
Elize van Greunen supplies quails and pickled quail eggs to a niche market.
A total of 7 000ha was transferred to the Mabandla community in Kwazulu-Natal as part of government’s land reform programme. The community has since established several successful ventures, including a...
The outbreak of COVID-19 and the strenuous efforts to curb its spread have disrupted industries and global value chains on an unprecedented scale. This is especially true of agriculture, with...
The Karsten and Dutoit groups are amongst the largest farming companies in South Africa and have holdings across the country. Both were involved in land reform long before the current...
The Buys brothers of Vrede en Lust near Paarl entered the wine industry 18 years ago. After establishing their own wine brand, they developed one of the most successful direct...
The Nqabara River mouth on the Wild Coast boasts exceptional fishing and unique natural beauty. In addition, the Nqabara River valley’s route to the coast also presents a rewarding glimpse...
Avitourism, or birdwatching, has the potential to provide farmers with an additional source of revenue, write Dr Adam Viljoen and Christelle van Zyl, researchers at North-West University’s Tourism Research in...
The study of a moving projectile and knowledge of its design for maximum performance is essential information for every hunter, writes Jurie Nel.
Craft breweries have become popular in South Africa in recent years. Grant Hollins visited Emerald Vale Brewery on the Wild Coast to learn about its commercial success.
Jonno assists Mary with a stylish, modern contemporary home this week.
Jonno Smith designs a four room house for a reader.
Martin Fick and Adriaan Olivier led a group of ostrich farmers in the Eastern Cape to success.
Radiographs are needed for diagnosis or pre-purchase examinations of horses, says Dr Mac.
Father and son team, Paradise and Temba Mahlangu, believe in sound education, hard work, service to the community and a balance between the drive to succeed and a sense of...
Thanks to their innate quality and sound training, the pigeons were more than up to the challenge of the final.
The benefits of using chicken litter as fertiliser are well known. As the poultry industry grows, however, other uses for it must be found. Dr Idan Chiyanzu and Primrose Magama...
Nguni cattle can complement a timber business nicely – and are likely to captivate their owners with their beauty and no-nonsense traits. Brett Peatie and Brian Magor of Midlands Imperial...
Inspired by indigenous knowledge, a South African company has developed a natural, highly effective, mood-lifting and anxiety-reducing plant extract from the succulent plant, Sceletium tortuosum. Denene Erasmus spoke to Dr...
It requires a lot of observation and experience, but Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can be practiced with cabbages.
Watermelons are a warm season crop, but can be started in winter in areas where conditions are milder.
Even if your father is a successful farmer, it’s important to start at the bottom to become a top farmer. This is the view of Kolver Mülke, Agri Northern Cape’s...
In my initial 12 years of cabbage farming I never came across Sclerotinia. I had encountered it in beans before, but never cabbage.
Nematodes are often referred to as ‘eel-’ or ‘roundworms’ because they resemble the common earthworm, but these parasites belong to a different grouping or phylum.
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