Ingo Rix’s Black Nossob Santa Gertrudis stud near Witvlei in Namibia, is the only stud in Southern Africa with a Breedplan 5-Star Completeness of Performance accreditation. He told Annelie Coleman how this hardy, adaptable breed has proven itself to be the ultimate breed for extensive farming conditions.
Clement Tshuma believes his small-scale vegetable operation near Kempton Park in Gauteng, not only ensures the sustainability of his own future, but a similar model could be the answer to food insecurity due to large-scale urbanisation in South Africa.
The unbridled misuse of natural resources guarantees a future of environmental and socio-economic crises.
Exhibitors at the National Vegetable Farmers’ Day near Bapsfontein, Ekurhuleni, displayed harvesters, sprayers and planters.
Legislative control of the aquaculture industry in South Africa is so restrictive that it impedes any development.
In May this year, The Economist ran a cover story that said that the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.
Bovine respiratory disease is caused by several pathogenic organisms. It can lead to substantial economic loss in feedlots.
Kola le Roux has loved bees ever since seeing his grandfather’s hives in the eastern Free State more than 60 years ago. Today he manages more than 2 000 hives, from the Karoo to the Transkei, that produce an assortment of honey, including an organic variety derived from the cat-thorn or drogie bush.
Improving the efficiency of smallholder farmers in Africa is necessary not only to help grow African economies, but also to improve the livelihoods of these farmers and their families. However, research has found that not all farming models aimed at helping smallholder farmers increase production and link in to commercial value chains, are appropriately structured to reach this goal.
Jose Rebelo, of the Rebelo Agricultural Machinery Group, and his team, followed up last year’s successful Vegetable Farmers’ Day with another stimulating event. Joe Spencer was there.
Glenneis Kriel spoke to poultry industry experts about the challenges facing small-scale producers and ways in which these can be overcome.
Readers frequently ask me for specific fertiliser programmes for their crops. I would happily oblige if all crops were the same!