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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

The rapidly rising prices at which agricultural produce is leaving the farm gate played a big role in South Africa’s general inflation rate.
An interdict reportedly granted by the Western Cape High Court has temporarily prevented the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) from issuing permits to existing and new rights holders...
Unconscionably excessive, reckless and unethical was how the public protector, Thuli Madonsela described agricultural minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s spending.
President Jacob Zuma said the next administration will need to take forward a number of policies to further redress the dispossession of the black majority of their ancestral land.
The Ugandan minister of agriculture, animal industries and fisheries, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, has issued a warning about fall armyworm infestations in that country.
Local wine sales have not kept up with the growth in wine exports from SA and, with the industry optimistic about further export growth and the penetration of new markets...
The Jagpan Vernootskap Boerdery is a mentorship programme that's successfully partnered four emerging farmers in a Dorper sheep enterprise that's won many awards. But Jagpan's farming future isn't secure, because...
At just 24 years old, Thato Moagi is already an award-winning farmer. She spoke to Luyolo Mkentane about her mixed farming operation and plans for the future.
Alexious Shoko, Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year, suffered setbacks and financial despair. Yet he refused to give up. He spoke to Jeandré du Preez about his inspiring journey...
Since 2007, a family-run citrus business near Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape has partnered with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to empower emerging citrus farmers in the former Ciskei.
Gugu Mlipha is the SA Agricultural Writers’ New Entrant to Commercial Farming for 2015. She farms vegetables on 6ha in Walkerville, Gauteng, and also runs a vegetable processing business. She...
A composting company has embraced social media to differentiate its brand in a competitive market. Robyn Joubert reports.

Paella: hot Spanish spice

This over-the-top piece of Euro-cuisine has a lot going for it. Firstly, lots of flavours. Secondly, lots of colour. Thirdly, its surprisingly easy to cook. Finally, its a dinner party...
Landing the biggest ever specimen of this exciting angling fish all those years ago was a memorable event, recalls Eugene Kruger.
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.
I got a call from a couple in the Midlands who bought a farm with the most magnificent view of the Drakensberg, writes Jonno.

Shanghai chicken

Like many Chinese-influenced recipes, this transfers particularly well to the SA kitchen. It could easily be called Pietermaritzburg Chicken or even uKhahlamba Chicken. You decide.
Jurie Nel hunter, amateur ballistician and keen hand loader provides insight on energy transfer, penetration, deformation and the wound channel.
Mecki and Brigitte Schneider of the Okabra Brahman Stud in the Grootfontein district in Namibia own one of the largest stud and commercial beef cattle operations in Southern Africa. Wayne...

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.
Sound management and investing in human resources has brought Gilbert Phalafala swift success.

Pigeons have rights too

An increasing number of well-heeled fanciers will stop at nothing to push their pigeons to the limit - even, it is alleged, using tough races to kill off weaker birds....
In Namibia, hunting is a vital part of conservation and contributes to the economic sustainability of mixed farming operations, private game farms, and more importantly, communal conservancies. Gerhard Uys spoke...
In the US, Soft-Ride boots are often used to make a horse more comfortable on a hard floor, such as in a stable or a horsebox. South African owners should...
Peppers belong to the Capsicum genus (family Solanaceae). It’s when we come to common names that things get confusing.
A type of kweek grass, called couch paspalum (Paspalum distichum), is gaining a foothold on many vegetable farms. Also known as ‘kweek paspalum’, many farmers confuse it with common kweek...
Over the years, I’ve listened to market people bemoaning the fact that producers supply direct to supermarkets.

It makes sense

These days, combining one’s assets in business is common practice.
We need to take certain precautions when growing cauliflower that aren't as important for cabbages or broccoli, writes Bill Kerr.
Bollworm and the spotted maize beetle are a couple of the pests which aren't recognised for the damage they can do. It's worthwhile to be aware of them so you...

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