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Getting started with brinjals

Getting started with brinjals

The brinjal or eggplant is a species of nightshade, and therefore related to the potato and tomato.
North Africa: South Africa’s next prime export market?

North Africa: South Africa’s next prime export market?

North Africa is a market with rising incomes, a growing number of sophisticated consumers, increasingly open economies, and ever-greater Internet access. Cornelis van der Waal, chief research officer at Wesgro,...
Dezzi MG80T motor grader.

New from Desmond Equipment

Local manufacturer, Desmond Equipment, based in Port Shepstone, KZN, recently added two new machines to its Dezzi range. In the meantime, demand for its haulage tractors continues unabated.
Preparing your vegetable patch

Preparing your vegetable patch

In preparing your vegetable patch, the ideal is to prepare the soil only once, and then switch to no-till.
The benefits of soya bean production in South Africa

The benefits of soya bean production in South Africa

Gerhard Scholtemeijer, Protein Research Foundation chairperson, is an ardent advocate for soya bean production in South Africa, and has promoted the crop for the past 20 years. He spoke to...
SA needs compassionate business leaders - Pravin Gordhan

SA needs compassionate business leaders

South Africa needs leaders from all sectors of the economy who are proactive, imaginative and understanding of the economic difficulties the country faces. This was according to former finance minister...
Tuna and egg salad

Tuna and egg salad

There are times when the harassed lunch-maker wants something quick and easy that isn’t a chunk of ham between two slices of buttered bread. If you are this person, here’s...
Biorefining: a value-adding opportunity for SA agriculture

Biorefining: a value-adding opportunity for SA agriculture

Science is increasingly finding ways to convert what was historically considered waste from agriculture, into beneficial products from renewable resources. Prof Annegret Stark outlines the opportunity that biorefining biomass presents...

Agricultural output terms explained

Output terms relate to the value of production or yield (such as fodder) of a specific farming enterprise sold or used on the farm. In some cases, this may include...
Young learners benefit from eco-education

Young learners benefit from eco-education

An active return to environmental education practices at Laurus Primary in Oudtshoorn is not only benefiting learners, but also helping boost school income. Ronelle Huysamen, principal of the school, spoke...
Swiss Ag Tour

Swiss farming: not as easy as it looks

On first impressions, it is difficult not to be envious of the Swiss and begrudge them their seemingly easy lives. It is one of the most peaceful and prosperous countries...
Cucumber farming: volume and quality trump shrinking margins

Cucumber farming: volume and quality trump shrinking margins

Over the past 15 years, Alan and Russell Heger have grown their farming operation into a major supplier of cucumbers in the Eastern Cape. Grant Hollins spoke to this father-and-son...

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