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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

Producer price inflation (PPI), which represents inflation at the factory gate, for manufactured goods slowed to 7,2% in August, according to Statistics SA.
The agricultural industry remains an economic cornerstone in South Africa, but still does not receive the credit it deserves. This was according to Standard Bank Free State agricultural manager, Danie...
Producers have a responsibility to reverse past mistakes made in agriculture, according to Grain SA conservation agriculture (CA) facilitator, Dr Hendrik Smith.
Heinrich Kruger, chairman of the agri NWK board, ascribes the company’s positive financial results to its staff’s dedication and hard work.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has set aside over R2,8 billion for disaster management in the next year.
Farmers are never too old to try new technology. This is according to Jacqueline Rowarth, agribusiness professor at New Zealand’s Waikato Management School.
With renewable energy becoming necessary, could wood gasification present a viable alternative?
It's very upsetting knowing you have to pay an account when you don't know where the money is going to come from. That's why keeping track of your expenses is...

Sizwe’s stud success

In 1994 Sizwe Manjezi acquired some 900ha near Peddie in the Eastern Cape to expand his family tradition of cattle farming. Even though he's at the helm of a respected...
Cois Harman’s assistance to developing farmer GK Gasekoma is a case study in mentoring. His procedure should be compulsory in any project involving taxpayers’ money.
Mining pollution threatens to turn Loskop Dam into the largest toxic acid lake in Africa, as decades of coal mining on the Mpumalanga Highveld starts to catch up with us....

Growing groundnuts

Groundnuts is a drought-toleraGroundnuts are rich in protein and can be eaten raw, cooked or roasted. The upright types are mostly cultivated under drier conditions, while the runner kinds are...

Retiring at the lakeside

I received a call from Mike and Molly, who would like a stage-built house in a private lakeside home resort. The man-made lake, which stretches for 3km upstream, is situated...

Tuscan – family style

Thami, a client for whom I previously designed a community hall, called to ask for another plan, this time for a family home.

Animal rightists

Notice has been given that A a referendum will occur in a month's time. A growing number of elderly lions, leopards and hyenas have found it increasingly difficult to hunt...

Making money from farmstays

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

Mango pudding

You might like something a little less sweet for Christmas pudding. For that, try this mango pudding recipe.

The end of the road

The time has come for Abré J Steyn’s last Field Sports. Although it is the end of the road, it it most definitely not the end of his globe-trotting adventures.
Due to late rains that fell in many parts of the country infestations of roundworm and especially wireworm were widespread, leading to production losses and mortalities. Lambs were the most...

Wings over the Overberg

Farmer's Weekly recently spoke with Gert Roodt, chairperson of the Overberg Racing Pigeon Union, who was very proud of his region's achievements.
One of the questions modern farmers face is whether they can farm in an environmentally sustainable, yet profitable, way. Craig Galloway provided the answer in his PhD thesis on the...
Last week I wrote about the champion stock of Bradbury Lofts, and this week's article focuses on their racing methods.
Charolais farmer Corrie de Vos spoke to Gerhard Uys about how the breed has improved over the decades and how sound business principles can help a commercial and stud farmer...
Most of South Africa’s livestock reportedly occur in communal areas, but few generate income.

Wise up to consumer needs

The United Kingdom is one of the most profitable export markets for South African fresh produce and according to Roger Jupe, CEO of the UK public relations and marketing communications...
With careful planning you can make sure you don't end up with far too much of certain vegetables and not enough of others, writes Bill Kerr.
South Africa imports most of the garlic sold in the country, but the local industry can thriveif farmers work together and produce good-quality crops. Jacques Terblanche of Graceland Garlic Seed...
Southern Cape conservation farmers are continually looking for new ways to improve their operations. The latest technological advance in planters, the Tobin Bullet disc planter, now allows them to move...

Beating cucurbit viruses

Having ignored my own advice – given to readers in a past column – I recently ended up paying the price.
Organic farming is one of the fastest-growing disciplines within the local and international agricultural sector, with an estimated annual growth of up to 300% in South Africa, says David Wolstenholme,...
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