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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

A network of South African ‘tree-preneurs’ is involved in an international campaign to raise awareness about deforestation and climate change.
Illegal rhino poaching is increasing because of the high demand for horn from the increasingly wealthy Asian elite , according to Michael Murphree, a researcher at the Potchefstroom Campus of...
Employment in the agricultural sector increased by nearly 8% during the first quarter of this year compared with the last quarter of 2012.
Blaauwklippen recently introduced its Triple Three Gin at a lunch held at the La Mouette Restaurant, Cape Town.
Agriculture is being driven forward by genetic improvements and better cropping techniques. But lack of understanding of how food is produced has left many consumers scared of biotechnology and doubtful...
Conservation groups have welcomed a decision made by Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA) to take decisive action against one of its members for using poison to control damage-causing animals.

Green tea revival

A once-destitute Seenteko tea farm has received an overhaul that will see a failed sector productive once more. Plandaí Biotechnology will produce green tea extract on the farm. Lindi van...
For five years, Lesotho's royal farm in Matsieng has showcased a sustainable farming approach for local lowland farmers. This "sufficiency model" originates in Thailand, and its diversified use of land...
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.
North Africa is a market with rising incomes, a growing number of sophisticated consumers, increasingly open economies, and ever-greater Internet access. Cornelis van der Waal, chief research officer at Wesgro,...
Land claims on the world heritage site, Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (GSLWP) in northern Zululand, are being settled quickly and amicably between affected parties.

Planning & perseverance

Patrick and Sarah Buda began farming late in life. In a few short years, and backed by the Ekurhuleni Peermont Chambers of Commerce Trust, they’ve already begun supplying Pick n...
The Rooibos Heritage Route offers an unique glimpse into the production process of Rooibos tea.

Modern rural living

Dear Aubrey Thank you for calling and discussing the requirements for your new home outside Pietermaritzburg. Looking through my file of more than 700 sketches drawn for Farmer’s Weekly so...

A getaway cottage

Mr and Mrs Thompson from Johannesburg asked me to design a ‘permanent get-away’ for them on a site they had bought in an established wildlife development near the Kruger National...
There is little doubt that a good dessert gives a meal the neat conclusion it requires. Sadly, most desserts seem to be designed for the palates of children, with a...
There’s more than one way to combine cream, mushrooms and rump steak. Give this major steak enhancement recipe your best shot. Your friends will love it.
These are dual-purpose cottages, so hunters could occupy them during the hunting season, and eco-tourists could occupy them during the off-season
In this second instalment on farming pigs, we look at which breeds to consider and how to examine a pig to see whether it’s healthy.

Leave our pigeons alone!

The attempted banning of pigeon racing was staved off by prompt action by the South African National Pigeon Organisation. But Thomas Smit believes that the controversy is far from over.
A number of ambitious beginners in the pigeon sport have asked what to look for in the eye of a racing pigeon. The information here is based on my own...
Supplements are not a substitute for good nutrition, but trace elements are vital to dairy cow health.

Good manners cost nothing

In all sports there are leaders and followers. There is nothing demeaning about being a follower, as long your attitude is right - and you commit to make the affairs...
Theron Swanepoel of AM Swanepoel Boerdery near Smithfield in the Free State began converting his extensive lambing operation into an intensive system more than a decade ago. At the Free...
The first consideration when preparing land for cabbage is to get the soil’s nutrient content right.
Usually, a soil analysis gives the percentage of each cation as a measure of the total cations in the soil.

Space cabbages correctly

Many factors play a role in the spacing of cabbage – the process is not quite as simple as you might imagine.
Studies have found that marigolds increase the populations of nematode-trapping fungi, and other fungi that attack and destroy eelworm eggs.
There are two fairly common bacterial diseases of lettuce that most lettuce growers will come across from time to time:
Traditionally, most of South Africa’s soya bean production has been in the cooler, wetter eastern half of the country. These environmental conditions favour the development of certain soya bean diseases.
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