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Developing an agritourism operation may present a viable way to increase your farming income, while still maintaining normal farming activities, but it may not be suitable for every farm or...
Agritourism can offer farmers an ideal avenue for diversifying their agricultural enterprises while earning additional income. In a four-part series, Julinda Schroeder examines the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a tourism...

To catch a carp

SA fishing tackle suppliers have capitalised on the popularity of carp angling and the many ways to catch this voracious fish.

Plough for more

The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) is scheduled to hold a meeting with Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko to highlight its concerns about the scourge of farm attacks and farm murders.
Organised agriculture in KwaZulu-Natal has questioned where the money will come from to fulfil an ambitious plan by the KZN Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (DAEA) to create 28...

NERPO rejects land ceiling

A land reform proposal suggesting that 50% of all commercial farms be given to farm workers “was not practical”.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between Fruit SA and the Chinese Quarantine and Inspection Association (CIQA).
Operating profit from Tongaat Hulett’s various sugar operations dropped to R684 million from R967 million in the half-year to September, weighed down by increased sugar imports into Southern Africa and...
A Mpumalanga man was arrested on Monday (17 March) after SAPS members caught him in possession of 20 sheep in his Toyota Tazz.
Applying lean agriculture could help SA's farmers improve operational efficiency
Ivan Cloete started farming with pigs in Blackheath near Cape Town seven years ago.
Cape Aloes (Aloe ferox) in the Eastern Cape have provided the Xhosa people with medicinal and cosmetic necessities for hundreds of years. Recently their value has been recognised in helping...
Zandam cheese and piggery, in partnership with the green energy company, Ibert, recently established a biogas plant to convert waste from the piggery into electricity and heat. Piggery owner Mauro...
The cost of transportation has become an ever-greater burden for SA farmers. There are several reasons, for this. Transport consultant Alistair Christison and Prof Jan Havenga, director of the Supply...
An old Eastern Cape pineapple farm has been revitalised to provide job opportunities for the local community. This year, the first harvest is expected to earn more than R1,5 million.
Kids! Don�t try this at home! Paging through glossy cook books, double-page spreads in larney magazines and watching slick food shows on television, you would never guess that the gourmands...
I had a call from Anton, who asked me to restore one of the original homes on his game farm near Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal.
I received a call from a Farmer’s Weekly reader in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to design an upmarket lodge developnment. After browsing through my many conceptual sketches and consulting with the...

Young family home

Greetings Rob, Thanks for the invite to see the site and discuss the new house for your son.I know that you said it should be kept under 150m² for a...

The lamb burger

Given that the hamburger is really just a thick sandwich, here’s a jazzy riff on that old, old tune. Think we’ve just changed the meat? Read on for a whole...

Practical home additions

James and Jill phoned me to request help with the design of additions to their home in Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal.
Trientjie and Gerhard Knoetze's Katryn Merino Landsheep Stud has been named the 2011 SA Studbook Sheep Stud of the Year after only being founded in 2005.
Horse lovers can chat for hours about their horses and their wonderful personalities – but what are their animals’ actual strengths and weaknesses? How do they get along with other...
By forming a good working relationship, nine farmers from Mmakgabetlwane village in North West have found a way to farm on communal land. Peter Mashala visited them.
Feeding sheep flocks during a bad drought can be like throwing money down a bottomless pit, because no one knows when it will rain again. Jan Hoon of the Grootfontein...
The Schoonheid Boer Goat flock began as a sideline on the Kriek family’s farm near Amalia in North West. Since then, strict selection and the introduction of top genetics have...
Cloete Afrikaners takes the increasing consumer demand for grass-fed beef seriously. Adrian Cloete spoke to Gerhard Uys about the challenges of doing so in an industry currently geared to the...
By incorporating vermicomposting and worm-casting tea in its apple production system, Clan Leslie Estate has improved its fruit quality, reduced input costs and improved the soil and tree health in...
Capsicums are subject to pathogenic fungi, bacterial diseases and viruses.
The usual way to grow chillies and peppers is to plant the seed in cavity seed trays with a good growing medium.

Tobacco farming in Zambia

Ten years ago, James and Rita Chance were forced off their thriving tobacco, maize and cattle farm in Zimbabwe. Since then, they have made a success of tobacco farming in...
The seedling is the start of a very valuable crop and the stand and speed of initial growth will have a significant effect on profit.
Farmers exterminate weeds without understanding their role in soil ecology, says Nutritech Solutions CEO Graeme Sait. An expert on high-production sustainable agriculture, he spoke to Sonja Burger about the potential...

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