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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.
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Both Agri SA and TAU SA have welcomed the N3 Toll Concession’s (N3TC) efforts to prevent fires during the current fire season.
The new Agri-Sector Unity Forum will deal with, among other things, land reform problems, water issues and the training of smallholder farmers.
Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders apparently decided not to renew the terms of judges presiding over the SADC Tribunal, at the recent SADC summit in Windhoek, according to the...
Western Cape farm workers are among the better paid of their counterparts country wide, so low wages alone can’t be blamed for the violent protests at De Doorns. Denene Erasmus...
Coffee drinkers who savour their daily caffeine fix may have to find substitutes as climate change has already had a “substantial impact” on coffee production.
The rewilding of world heritage site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, in KwaZulu-Natal, is reportedly well on track. Several thousand head of game and a number of predator species have been reintroduced...
Agrico has served the SA farming community for more than a hundred years. HEre's how they stay ahead of the game while retaining traditional values.
Ever-mounting anxiety about global warming is sparking consumer concerns, particularly in the UK, that carbon dioxide emitted while transporting food over long distances can contribute significantly to global warming. Wilma...
After 80 years, the family business Engelke Blomme continues to produce outstanding flowers, despite a highly competitive market. Glenneis Kriel spoke Günther Engelke about their success.

The big cheese of Darling

Within four years of its launch, a micro cheese enterprise in Darling is experiencing macro demand from gourmet outlets across the Western Cape for its soft European-style cheeses – a...
A successful lease-back transformation project in Limpopo run by South Africa’s 2014 National Farmer of the Year, the Bosveld Group, proves that not all old land reform plans need to...
Seeland Peba says high feed prices prevent many small-scale livestock farmers making it to their second production cycle. He tells Peter Mashala why he and his partner started Super Grand...
A quiet evening on the farm was rudely disturbed by the appearance of one of the bushveld’s toughest and most fearless animals, writes Jurie Nel.

DIY straw bale house

Build your own affordable, sustainable straw bale home with these handy tips.

Home-made marmalade

On a hot, humid Durban Saturday, the last thing any normal person would want to do is spend a couple of sweaty hours in the kitchen, but when the purple...

Rooftop viewing deck

Dear Jonno I have been reading your column in Farmer’s Weekly for a long time and have attached a rough floor plan for a structure we intend building. Space is...

Camouflaged cottage

Maaike and Stefaan look to Jonno to help them design a holiday cottage in the Eastern Cape.
This is a story about love, loss and a magnificent obsession. It is not for the faint-hearted, nor those easily moved to tears. If you can handle it, read on:...
James Moore is an ambassador for the sport of pigeon racing – and his pigeons have consistently done well in competitions, writes Thomas Smit.
After good rainfall in many parts of the country, reports of severe wireworm infestations in smallstock were received.
In South Africa, open ponds for aquaculture are impractical due to our cool winters. And with the country’s electricity crisis, one can ill afford to adopt an indoor system that...
Cois Harman believes that the Braunvieh breed is ideal for both beef and milk production.

Resistance problems?

Various factors can contribute to resistance in your horse - the bit is not necessarily always the problem. Issue date 15 June 2007

All about the leg wrap

Leg wraps will protect your horse, especially while travelling, but if not applied properly they can do damage. Learn how to do them properly.
An alternative to the traditional seedbed method for transplants is to use seedling trays. One advantage of this is that you can place the trays in a warmer environment if...
While Steyl Willemse’s farming operation near Kiepersol in Mpumalanga is still dominated by bananas, he is gradually switching to macadamias to keep the farm running optimally.
Lettuce has its origin in the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for thousands of years.

Eelworms love carrots

By far the biggest carrot pest is the root knot eelworm (Melodogyne spp). In many other vegetable crops, these nematodes are not much of a problem, but in carrots they...
Local farmers would do well to emulate the UK's approach of double-cropping, ecologist Ben Breedlove tells Roelof Bezuidenhout. So, instead of just harvesting a planted crop, why not also slash...
You can lose a lot of money if your crop goes to seed when you don't want it to. You need to know why and when this happens to take...

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