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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

Agriculture and the farmer’s image are set for a boost with TAU SA’s new campaign to publicise the importance of the sector.
The deterioration of infrastructure in the Lekwa Local Municipality has led to water supply interruptions at Astral Foods Limited’s poultry processing plant near Standerton in Mpumalanga.
Four of the five edible oils companies that are being investigated by the Competition Commission (CompCom) for alleged anti-competitive practices have reportedly approached the South African High Court to interdict...
The Congress of South African Trade Unions’s (COSATU) angry attack on mechanisms that it alleges are behind rapidly increasing national maize, and other grains, prices has been met with criticism...
Former US vice-president Al Gore will be visiting SA for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Africa Training initiative, taking place in Johannesburg from 12 to 14 March.
The South African table grape harvest is well underway with crop volumes estimated to be between 63,2 million and 70,1 million, 4,5 kg-equivalent cartons.
Communal farmers can benefit from using more advanced farming practices, such as artificial insemination (AI), to improve herd genetics. Basimane Makgetla spoke to Gerhard Uys about how AI has worked...

Bucking the bulk wine trend

Bulk wine exports have become the backbone of South Africa’s international wine trade. But to increase profitability and ensure financial sustainability, Riebeek Cellars is instead investing in a rebranding exercise...
Beneficiaries of Rietspruit farm in Heidelberg, Gauteng, have formed partnerships with the former farm owners who are providing hands-on training and mentorship support programmes to help develop the emerging producers...
With visionary enterprise, sugar cane farmer Renuka Devi Somaroo is expanding her business by putting together a mosaic of abandoned farms under land claims in the Glendale Valley. Robyn Joubert...

Pomegranates power ahead

The SA pomegranate industry is in its infancy, with growers facing many more difficulties than anticipated. But these are being overcome, writes Robyn Joubert.

An agribusiness giant rises

Zeder Investments recently concluded the largest transaction in its existence, boosting its investments in agriculture to more than R10 billion and proving the company’s positive outlook on the industry. Jaco...

A good use of space

Hi Jonno, I've decided to demolish the small cottage close to my house and rebuild one further down the property with a maximum size of 80m².

A cost effective cottage

I would like to build a house and have designed a plan. It is, however, incomplete, so I require your help. I need you to also include the approximate costs.

Jerked chicken

Jerked chicken, for the inexperienced, means coal-black, Caribbean-style, spicy chicken that’s usually cooked on an open fire. Here’s a way to produce a braai-style finish without the smoke, dust and...

Making money from farmstays

Namibia is far more successful than South Africa when it comes to guest farm accommodation.

Strawbale fever

Strawbale building has gathered much interest from Farmer's Weekly readers. Abre J Steyn answers a few more questions on the technology, and envisions a database through which readers can share...
In the final article of this four-part series, Julinda Schroeder examines what to take into account when planning pricing, food preparation, accommodation, and a marketing strategy. Some of these have...

Finding the perfect wing

The wings of racing pigeons are one of the most important physical attributes and breeding birds with the ideal 'wing design' takes time and experience. Thomas Smit shares a few...
Philip de Waal, owner of the Locheim studs in the Swartland and on the West Coast, has won regional, national and international awards for his top-performing Hereford cattle. He spoke...
This serious disorder can affect endurance horses after a long ride, says Dr Mac.

More on filtration

All too often, even well-built, hi-tech grow-out systems are let down by inadequate filtration.
Capital costs, running costs and potential market are the three major concerns faced by those who want to start fish farming, and I’ve often discussed these factors in relation to...
The Dorper and the White Dorper are hardy mutton breeds that can produce under suboptimal veld conditions. Achieving a high lambing rate requires fertility and conformation to breed standards. Namaqualand...

Dealing with leaf miners

The leaf miner, which was once so feared, should now only be a mild irritation or no problem at all. If this is not the case, you need to look...

Food losses

I have been pursuing the theme of food wastage and loss for the past few weeks because the problem is much more serious – and complex – than most people...
We need to take certain precautions when growing cauliflower that aren't as important for cabbages or broccoli, writes Bill Kerr.

How do we save our bees?

Globally, the fate of bees, as well as their important role in pollination and food production, have been in the spotlight. Wilma den Hartigh spoke to industry experts about the...
We have to face facts: politics plays a disproportionate role in fresh produce markets. I use the word ‘disproportionate’ because what politics contributes in perceived benefits is far outweighed by...

Understanding citrus – 1

The climatic, soil and water requirements of citrus trees.

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