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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

Lesotho has granted one of its first licences for the production of medical marijuana to South African company, Verve Dynamics. The company has a branch in Lesotho.
Diesel prices will decrease by about 10.50c/ℓ, while petrol prices will drop by about 24c/ℓ on 5 April, bringing the price of 95 octane petrol to R13,30/ℓ and the price...
The Joint Agbiz/Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Forum for Africa (JADAFA) launched its new website on Thursday, 19 June.
Clement Ngwako Pilusa, Gauteng small-scale broiler producer, and Leka Captain Makhafola, Limpopo vegetable farmer, are among the top 18 candidates of South African Breweries’ KickStart youth entrepreneurship programme.
Imports of mechanically deboned meat (MDM) to South Africa from Brazil-based company, BRF, which has been implicated in contravening food safety, has been halted, says Steve Galane, director of communication...
The future of biotechnology and the direction it takes is largely dependent on the public’s ability to understand and support the science.
Anastasia Smith won first prize in the 2016 Western Cape Top Women in Agriculture competition’s smallholder entrepreneur category. She spoke to Glenneis Kriel about her farming journey and her attitude...
A number of illness-related deaths and low productivity in the workforce spurred poultry producer Astral to implement a wellness programme that reduced fatal illnesses and significantly improved overall health and...
As a member and former president of Milk SA, Tsitsikamma dairy farmer Nigel Lok explains that 25% of the statutory levy commercial dairy farmers pay to Milk SA goes to...
Now in their retirement, Norman and Rina Belcher are producing award-winning cheeses at their Belnori Boutique Cheesery. The Belchers attribute their success to teamwork and paying attention to detail.
Dairy farming is changing as smaller farmers fall by the wayside and bigger operations expand. David Beca, director of Australian company Red Sky and CEO of NZ Farming Uruguay, dispels...
Ponki Makanita has recently been crowned as Breedplan Emerging Farmer of the Year in Bloemfontein. Wayne Southwood reports on his remarkable journey from gardener and lorry driver to successful top...
I received an email from a client in the Waterberg region with pictures of the prospective site and the narrow platform of about 12m in width already excavated on the...
A love for farming has brought Cassandra and her family to Zambia. Now she wants to build her dream home. Read on to find out what Jonno has come up...
It was almost midnight. The big crowned eagle was restless and her weight on my heavily gloved left arm was becoming a burden.
Devoted wok mechanic that I am, pork fillets with sweet and sour sauce are the staple of my stir-fries. But as this delicious, classic recipe from Georgia in the US...

A rustic chapel

Paul, a previous client, has requested that the wedding facility he had been thinking of for the last six months go ahead. I suggested to him that browsing through some...

Just 100m2 & space to spare

Jonno, I work at a mine in Lesotho, and would like to build a thatched roof cottage from natural stone of about 80m2 to 100m2.
An early passion for farming can lead to a successful, profitable business for a teenager.
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
Our dry climate means that young horses often are not used to crossing streams and even large puddles, but with a little patience you can show them how.

Wasps kill flies

Parasitic wasps are an environmentally friendly way of breaking the life cycle of flies in stables, says Dr Mac.

The juggling act

Ruminants are adapted to convert fibre into the energy needed to produce milk and meat, but total input needs to be balanced for optimum production.

Help! My horse is choking

Choke in horses is caused by an obstruction of the oesophagus, not the windpipe, and urgent veterinary attention is imperative, says Dr Mac.
I heard a new proposal recently from a distinguished ‘market man’ whose opinion I rate highly.
Vegetable farmer Gary Fyvie is using green manure crops to replenish tired soil and to fight weeds.He told Robyn Joubert how he sacrificed 6% production for healthier soil over the...
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.

Latest vegetable seeds

Peter Mashala highlights new vegetable cultivars now available.
Crop farming on communal land is suffering from the effects of soil erosion and climate change. But KZN communal crop farmer Nicholas Madondo is using conservation farming methods to fight...
Agricultural practices that degrade the soil are responsible for a host of problems: erosion, nutrient runoff, waterlogging, acidification, compaction, crusting, salinisation, nutrient depletion, leaching, organic matter loss, toxic accumulation, and...

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