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Time for the private sector to fight rural poverty

Time for the private sector to fight rural poverty

While rural development is supposed to be a key focus of the South African government, the state is failing in this obligation. Veteran rural development expert Jimmy Lonsdale believes the private sector should take over this responsibility to ensure that meaningful rural development is achieved as soon as possible.
Aquaponics: how to get plumper, healthier fish

Aquaponics: how to get plumper, healthier fish

If you want to grow plants and decent-sized fish, the first step is to get rid of those plastic circular bins.
Smarter ways to irrigate sugarcane

Smarter ways to irrigate sugar cane

South Africa’s irrigated sugar cane farming region was hard hit by the recent drought. This prompted Dr Abraham Singels, principal agronomist at the SA Sugarcane Research Institute, and his colleagues to begin researching options aimed at maximising water-use efficiencies in sugar cane irrigation.
SA’s maintenance emergency - time for change

SA’s maintenance emergency – time for change

As a journalist working for Farmer’s Weekly, you regularly get to experience the bumps, cracks, potholes and other obstacles that crowd out the smooth and flat parts of many provincial and regional roads.

Recognise a business relationship for what it is!

When it comes to business, suppliers and customers don’t want ‘friendship’. They want good products at a fair price.
Shaydan inclinometer: safety on the slopes

Shaydan inclinometer: safety on the slopes

A tractor-mounted slope alarm that improves operator safety and prevents expensive accidents is now available.
The digital sharing economy: a cheaper way to mechanise

The digital sharing economy: a cheaper way to mechanise

The cost of farm machinery is a major challenge for small-scale and commercial farmers. Nick Hoffman, general manager at Linebooker, and Jehiel Oliver, creator of Hello Tractor, explain how new digital platforms are being used to source equipment with ease.
The basics of subdividing:

The basics of subdividing

The assistance of a land surveyor is key to ensuring lawful procedure. Altus Strydom, chairperson of the South African Geomatics Institute, spoke to Gerhard Uys.

Determining wheat yield

It’s important to adapt and revise your management strategies as the cropping environment, yield potential, commodity prices and input costs change.
Litchis & avos: using precision farming to improve yields

Litchis & avos: using precision farming to improve yields

Demand for litchis and avocados has soared and encouraged producers to embrace precision farming methods. Stephan Schoeman, owner of Soetkalmoes Consultation in Nelspruit, an advisory service for the tree crops industry, tells Gerhard Uys how these practices are improving yield and crop quality.
Smart Farming in South Africa

Smart Farming in South Africa

A South African farmer was amongst a number of producers selected by the German Agricultural Society to highlight the success that smart farming can achieve.
Vietnamese pho: Looks like soup, tastes like heaven

Vietnamese pho: Looks like soup, tastes like heaven

A friend of mine recently returned from Hanoi, bringing with him happy memories of pho, an aromatic, beef stock-based noodle soup made with beef or chicken, and chillies. He came for dinner the other night, and we set to work creating a local version of this famous Vietnamese dish.

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