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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

Heinrich Kruger, chairman of the agri NWK board, ascribes the company’s positive financial results to its staff’s dedication and hard work.
The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti announced during his budget speech that government plans to halve its 12 000ha cap on land ownership.
The Dutch Reformed Church in the Northern Cape, in conjunction with the Caritas Therapy Centre in Kimberley, has launched a 24-hour telephone support service aimed at helping victims of the...
The agriculture sector is one of two sectors that contributed to an increase in employment in South Africa, with 5 000 people employed in the second quarter of 2019, according...
A February/March dry spell over much of South Africa’s summer grains production area has forced the Crop Estimates Committee to drop the total maize estimate by 399 800 tons to...
A new fruit handling depot in the Robertson area of the Western Cape was opened by Constitution Road Wine Growers (CRWG) recently.
With its high start-up costs and complex export rules, the subtropical fruit industry presents formidable barriers to new entrants. Alita van der Walt spoke to ZZ2’s Tommie and BJ van...
Ten years ago Hendrik du Plessis from Die Houtwerf in Brits, North West, started a timber sawing and curing business for marketing to the furniture industry. It has grown to...
Eight developing maize farmers plan to better themselves and their community through government and private assistance, hard work and a determination to equip themselves with as much knowledge as possible.
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...
The tobacco farming industry is faced with challenges such as the regulation of the use of tobacco by the Department of Health, as well the ongoing threat of an illicit...
Mkululi Pakade, director of East Cape Macadamia, has devised a business model that positions the Eastern Cape’s local communities firmly within the macadamia industry.
Completing a rapid review of my past pasta recipes for this page has revealed that nearly all of the recipes entailed sauces for store-bought pasta. While these products, both local...
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...
Dear Jonno Could you please help us with ideas on an ideal beach house that is affordable and easy to maintain? Our plot is 600m2 and has two residential houses on...
So you haven’t got a wok? Haul out your skottel braai to make this Chinese-influenced take-away special. While a skottel is a compromise in this case, it’s one that certainly...
In 2004 Adriaan Badenhorst and Angela Metcalf quit their jobs as guides on the Orange River and moved to an abandoned trading station near Maclear in the Eastern Cape to...

Building with wood

Jonno designs a wooden ranch house for a farm family.
Cattlemen constantly debate how to market cattle off the veld in addition to through feedlots. A recent block test set out to address this.
Because of their scale, these systems have very limited yields. Choosing a complex, small system will not increase yield; it will only increase cost!
Since the first Herefords arrived in Namibia in 1918, the breed has steadily adapted to the harsh realities of beef production in the country. A century later they have emerged...
On 1 May, 72 outstanding racing pigeons owned by Corrie Naudé & Son were auctioned at the Alberton Homing Society, east of Johannesburg. Thomas Smit reports.

Where animals and humans meet

In the third part of our habitat planning series, biologist and habitat designer Ben Breedlove exlains how to create optimal animal-human meeting points. Issue Date: 16 February 2007
Breeding pigeons that win requires perseverance, experience and a whole lot of trial and error, writes Thomas Smit.
Challenge. I hope that my readers will regard this word in a positive way, instead of as something to be dreaded. I say this because the fresh produce sector faces...
Major apple producers across the world are switching to high-density planting to reduce labour costs, improve fruit quality and increase production. Willie Kotze, research and development manager at Dutoit Group,...
It’s important to get the timing right for post-planting nitrogen, cultivation and irrigation if you want to optimise Cucurbit production.
In South Africa, eradicating invasive woody alien vegetation for alternative land use is normally a relatively heavy-handed method involving big drums of diesel or water and herbicide.

About the new draft bill

As I write this, the new draft Agricultural Produce Marketing Agencies Bill (APMA) is under public review. The department of agriculture, which is ‘driving’ the bill, has met with many...

Onions require understanding

'Stick to what you know and make changes gradually over a few seasons,' writes Bill Kerr.

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