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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

Speckled pigeons, red-eyed and Cape turtle doves are becoming a serious problem in the summer grain production region of South Africa.
Agri industry stakeholders have expressed confusion about whether the proposed drought charge recently announced by the City of Cape Town, would be levied on farms within the municipal limits.
Agriculture shed 25 000 jobs in the third quarter (Q3), having cut 84 000 jobs in the first half of 2017, according to figures released by Statistics SA.
Nampo visitors again have the option of using the Mielie Hop shuttle, with a new service added for those based in Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp.
Anyone buying and selling more than five live chickens for any purpose other than direct slaughter at a registered abattoir will in future have to register with the Poultry Disease...
The DA plans to lay criminal charges against the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, after a report by the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela in which the...
Neville Fletcher of Cathcart in the Eastern Cape is an extraordinary man. A war veteran who saw action in the fierce Italian campaign, he returned to South Africa to enjoy...
The definition of successful production is changing. Where high output and farm profits were the main measures of farming success in the past, today what matters just as much is...
Jasmyn in Hartbeespoort has grown from a double garage-size farm stall to a farmers’ market of choice for fresh food lovers in the Gauteng area. The farm and shop are...
With a land size of just over 78 000km², Scotland is only slightly bigger than Mpumalanga. Yet its total annual food and drink exports amount to £5,3 billion (R97 billion)....
Hailed as a success story by the Eastern Cape premier, Noxolo Kiviet, during her 2014 State of the Province address, Ncora Dairy shows how private-community partnerships can lead to genuine...
Four years ago, Simply Bee was selling bottled honey from 240 hives. Today, the company manufactures more than 50 products from over 600 hives, selling them at 163 outlets across...
A single garage and staff quarters is converted into the granny cottage.
Record-breaking rains. A dearth of insects where there are usually swarms. Fewer birds than normal. Are these signs of climate change? asks Abré J Steyn.
I received a call from a Farmer’s Weekly reader in the KZN midlands. On his farm is a sturdy hall, built in the 1860s, that once served as a meeting...
Overcome by the unexpected dinner-time arrival of the hungry multitudes demanding something warm to fill their bellies? Here’s what you do to provide a splendid combination of fish flavours and...
I have known grown men to drink Tabasco straight from the bottle, while others in brave response chewed maniacally on raw chillies. But if you are a chilli fan, one...
Dear Jonno I stumbled across your fascinating plans in a Farmer’s Weekly magazine, and would like you to help me with a design. I acquired a piece of land in...
Elize van Greunen supplies quails and pickled quail eggs to a niche market.
It is important to know the basics when taking care of your horse, but in some cases you might do more harm than good. Kim Dyson explains when you can...
Passionate about the Nguni, Hannes Eksteen runs three stud herds and maintains four Nguni ecotypes. He calves seasonally to coincide with fodder flow and keep stress factors down. Jay Ferreira...
A Caslick’s operation is highly effective, but it should be carried out only where broodmares can be closely observed and monitored afterwards, warns Dr Mac.
For many years, aquaculture in South Africa has had to play second fiddle to the various departments of nature conservation. Now this has changed. Or has it?
As the weather grows hotter and wetter across the country, the incidence of livestock diseases transmitted by arthropods increases.
The South African-developed African Delight plum cultivar has been enthusiastically welcomed by farmers and consumers, and promises to become the country’s third most-planted variety within five years. Denene Erasmus spoke...
The following fungal diseases are fairly common in lettuce.
Whiteflies and mites are likely to attack your tomato crop unnoticed if you don’t keep a wary eye open for them.

The quality equation

I recently conducted a training session on marketing for a group of small-scale farmers. As always, it was a pleasure to do so because they were eager to learn.
Market agents are taught from day one that the producer is their main client – and rightly so. It’s the producer who pays their commission. But what about the other...
I often chuckle inwardly when I’m on a market floor listening to a negotiation between the salesperson and a buyer. The exchange frequently differs dramatically from what I teach about...

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