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Poverty and unemployment, especially in rural areas, are some of SA’s main challenges.
An intervention by Grain SA meant that maize farmers saved R100 million on transport differential costs. This was according to Grain SA CEO Jannie de Villiers.

Facebook chat about Brazil

Farmer's Weekly hosted a discussion forum on Facebook on Friday to talk about the upcoming agricultural tour to Brazil with tour convenor, Hendrik Jordaan.
In his State of the Nation address in parliament last night (17 June), President Jacob Zuma identified agriculture as a key job driver, recommitting to the target set out in...
The reactions of farmers, unions and farm workers to the announcement that the minimum daily wage for farm workers will increase from R69/ day to R105/day from 1 March suggests...
Free State Agriculture (FSA) and Absa Agribusiness hosted a group of national and provincial media representatives at their first positive news media tour in Harrismith in the Free State on...
Poor profitability due to high input costs and low producer prices is having a devastating impact on South Africa's dairy industry, causing almost 30 producers to leave the industry per...
Well-established vegetable grower Qutom Farms has taken out a lease on advanced greenhouses at Dube TradePort’s AgriZone, allowing the company to expand its regional supply. Robyn Joubert spoke to director...
At the recent mohair producers' conference held in Port Elizabeth in early June, the buying houses, for once, were not the hot topic of debate. Gordon Wright was there and...
Western Cape farmer Andries van der Poll grows wheat and medics on rotation on dryland, produces irrigated maize, and runs Dohne Merino sheep and Red Angus cattle. He spoke to...
Johan Tijssen, owner of Dicla Farm and Seed and a first-generation South African of Dutch descent, demonstrates how it’s possible to generate a multi-million rand annual turnover from just 260ha.
Since the mid-1990s, Tony and Stuart Buchler of Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape have transformed a sideline broiler enterprise into their core business. Today, as Mike Burgess discovered, they control...

Many rooms with a view

Jonno designs a holiday cabin with a rustic look.

Building with Straw

Strawbale houses aren't as flimsy as many think - some date back 600 years. Plus, they're cheap and easy to build, writes Abre J Steyn.
While a broiler fowl straight from the chiller at the supermarket may be a marvel of contemporary agriculture, the bird can sometimes be a little low on flavour. And that’s...

Building a house on a budget

Here are a few budget friendly design and styling options to choose from for a cost-effective home.

A veld braai for one

While there is only one human activity more social than eating together, solo meals are part and parcel of the veld experience. Whether camping, hunting or fishing a person needs...
Recently, two game farm owners – from Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively – asked me to design two-bedroom, self-catering accommodation units for hunters and off-season visitors to their farms.
Many experts have the theoretical knowledge, but fail to put themselves in the shoes of the rural, small-scale fish farmer.

Beware those blackjacks

These weeds are not only an irritant to horses, they can cause them injury, warns Dr Mac.

Watch that posture

Being able to tell the difference between normal and abnormal posture will help you catch illnesses earlier, says Dr Mac.

Tendon troubles

Injuries to a horse’s tendons are invariably very serious, warns Kim Dyson.
It’s convenient to be able to open farm gates without dismounting. Here’s how to teach your horse the trick. Be prepared, though, to invest a bit of time and patience,...
Respected show judge and Simbra and Simmentaler breeder Llewellyn Angus has received many awards for his animals and his contribution to the industry. Here he shares his 12 fundamental principles...
Garlic (Allium sativum) can be grown in a wide range of soil types. What is more important is good fertility, as this crop has a modest root system.
As pointed out previously, the key to successful pest and disease control is optimal penetration of the spray mixture.

Undermining the market

Driving into the Cape Town or Port Elizabeth markets, you will see rows of people selling apples, oranges, potatoes and other products.

Fresh produce news

I never cease to be amazed at the versatility of fresh fruit and vegetables, and this week I want to move away from the market floor for a moment and...
Peppers are relatively easy to grow when conditions are suitable. If not, taking the necessary precautions will avoid some problems.

APAC: Protecting your money

The Agricultural Produce Agents Council (APAC) was established in 1992 in terms of the Agricultural Produce Agents Act.
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