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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

SA Stud Book hosted its annual Elite Gala Awards dinner in Bloemfontein on Monday, May 1, during which it recognised South Africa’s top stud breeders.
SA’s inflation slowed to 6,3% in July from 6,6% the previous month, remaining above the Reserve Bank’s 3% to 6% target.
Johan van der Schyff, an egg farmer from Plettenberg Bay, has been named as the Western Cape Young Farmer of the Year at a recent function held at Eensgezind, just...
Only passing reference was made to agriculture and land in the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), which was presented in Parliament on Wednesday by Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni.
Sporadic showers have been reported in the Free State and North West between 18 and 20 January 2013 and no significant rain damage or floods occurred.
South Africa has resumed live cattle exports to Namibia, following the issuing of revised import documentation by that country’s authorities.
Marius Herman from Kraaifontein started farming with pigs six years ago and in a short time has managed to establish a viable small business. Denene Erasmus visited him.
Eleanore Swart produces tomatoes under cover near Botrivier in the Overberg. Having recently secured a long-term contract with a major fresh produce retailer, she plans to significantly expand production.
Replacing a burnt-out electric motor can cost a great deal, whereas rewinding it can return it to tip-top condition at much lower cost. Rashad Williams and Fa-eez Appollis spoke to...
Comprehensive research into the causes of food insecurity, followed by significant investment in modern commercial farming techniques, is the only way to overcome food insecurity, says Limpopo agriculture MEC Dikeledi...
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.
With renewable energy becoming necessary, could wood gasification present a viable alternative?
Pasta is a gift to the beginner cook. Here’s the faintly exotic input of Italian cuisine, married to the familiar and highly-desired flavours of eggs, bacon and leeks.

A modern take on ‘kapstyl’

Jonno assists Rodgers this week by designing a three-bedroom house with a gable roof covered with inverted box rib roofing sheets.

A dream farmhouse in Zambia

A love for farming has brought Cassandra and her family to Zambia. Now she wants to build her dream home. Read on to find out what Jonno has come up...
Dear Jonno As per our discussion, please find the attached sketch, which I would like your assistance with. Kindly use minimum dimensions for bedrooms, toilets, living room and kitchen. As I...
You’re watching a sitcom in which everybody is enjoying a Chinese takeaway out of cartons. You wish you were eating the same food. Here’s what you do.
I received a call from a KZN midlands farmer, to come and see some outbuildings that he would like to convert into accommodation for prospective adventurers. In the sketch I’ve...
The first game and hunting ranch owned and managed by the clan of the legendary Bushman Dawid Kruiper is open for business. Those with a love of pure hunting skills...
Selecting a bull that will significantly improve a herd can be a daunting task, especially for a new buyer. At the 2017 Aldam Stockmans School, cattle veterans Martin Seyfferdt, interbreed...
Although swelling in a horse’s hock area does not necessarily lead to pain or lameness, it is best to let a vet examine the joint as soon as possible, says...
Malekaleke Maila farms with Pedi sheep on communal land in Limpopo. Unable to run his flock near his village, he is forced to spend each week away from home. Yet,...

Fighting infections

Kim Dyson offers tips on the efficient and wise use of antibiotics and preventive practices.
Is it possible to combine the best traits of the Brahman, Angus, Simmentaler and Boran? Eastern Cape farmer Johannes Norval thinks so. Mike Burgess spoke to him about his idea...

Pest management in peppers

Sweet peppers need adequate levels of potassium and nitrogen. Before planting, you should therefore have a soil analysis done and apply potassium accordingly.

Finding the fig niche

Hanro and Karin Knoetzen produce two varieties of figs on 8ha of their 600ha mixed-crop farm near Porterville in the Western Cape. While most of the crop is bound for...
The beautiful city of Verona, situated in the northern part of Italy, plays host to the country’s largest and most important wine expo, Vinitaly. The annual event attracts almost 150...
The trust relationship between producer and market agent is the oil that lubricates the fresh produce engine.
Exotic Sharon fruit was introduced to South Africa in the late 1990s, but it took years to establish in which regions the trees would produce optimally. Over the past five...

How the Brits do it

'Five buyers for an entire industry simply doesn't add up in a free market scenario,' writes Mike Cordes.

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