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Lack of land

Human settlement and lack of accountability threaten the availability of land in Kgabalatsane.
It took three deaths before a North West municipality prioritised an ongoing issue. It was solved in a day.

Plough for more

Up to 215 000ha grazing was destroyed in the recent veld fires in the Kuruman and Koopmansfontein areas in the Northern Cape,
The Western Cape has been declared a disaster area due to the ongoing drought, now regarded as the region’s worst in more than a century.
In two separate incidents over two consecutive days police in the Newcastle and Ladysmith areas of KwaZulu-Natal arrested five stock theft suspects, recovered a total of 14 allegedly stolen cattle...
South Africa’s R40 billion a year commercial forestry value chain is likely to be hit by a recently discovered pest.
The situation in the two North West district municipalities, Ngaka Modiri Molema and Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati, has not changed as the municipalities were still experiencing a severe drought.
If government succeeds in implementing the National Development Plan, over 11 million jobs will be created by 2030. Denene Erasmus looks at the plan’s ramifications for the agriculture sector.
It seems that red meat consumers never benefit from lower farmgate prices. Could it be that the middleman is milking consumers for all they’re worth, while suppressing farmers’ income? This...
Some 32 000 hectares of land worth R1 billion was officially handed over recently to four communities as part of the Greater Tenbosch land claim in Mpumalanga's deep rural Nkomazi...
Oceanwise in the Eastern Cape is one of the largest land-based marine finfish recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) in the world. Mike Burgess visited this pioneering initiative.
The moringa tree is being touted as the ideal biodiesel crop for communities farming on marginal soils, writes Robyn Joubert.
Agritourism has grown substantially from 2% of the tourism industry in the Western Cape in 1996 to 10% of the foreign tourist market currently. For most farms, tourism contributes between...
South Africa’s poultry companies have had a rally in their share prices over the past year as a slump in the maize price boosted confidence in higher profits. Jaco Visser...

A religious affair

A call came in from a previous client in the Eastern Cape involved in the complete redevelopment of church facilities. They require a new church that would accommodate up to...

Friendly advice

We had a surprise visit from a couple my wife and I befriended some 40 years ago. Trevor and Margaret found an old copy of Farmer's Weekly with my picture...

Styles and trends

I’ve had a few calls lately from Farmer’s Weekly readers asking whether I can produce any contemporary modern-type homes.
I received two requests from callers planning to build lettable units on their farms. This requires changing from agricultural to commercial zoning, a long and tedious process. But it may...

Strawberry custard slice

Some call this dessert millefeuille but I never cook anything I can’t pronounce. But custard slices? There’s a joyous childhood memory! Try this classic version, culled from some good friends’...
The streams of the Amathole Mountains – including the Wolf River – were immortalised by Sydney Hey in his African fly-fishing text, The Rapture of the River. Mike Burgess travelled...
Although still controversial, cloning geldings to make breeding stallions with the same DNA has become big business, says Dr Mac.
Cyril Leibach is a distinguished SA pigeon fancier who takes pleasure in racing pigeons from an orderly loft complex in the garden of his Boksburg residence.
At 23, Limousin breeder Rehan van Niekerk has already made a name for himself. This young Bothaville farmer established the Eran Limousin herd while still at school and has since...
The Afrikaner cattle breed is a genetic gold mine for beef production in SA, says Pierre Fouché.
Both you and your horse can benefit from supplements containing leaves from this little ‘miracle of nature’, says Kim Dyson.
South Africa’s farmers have little choice: they must adapt in order to limit the effects of climate change on livestock production and animal health, according to experts.
The beautiful city of Verona, situated in the northern part of Italy, plays host to the country’s largest and most important wine expo, Vinitaly. The annual event attracts almost 150...
Tomato growers invariably buy their seedlings from a dedicated seedling nursery. This usually means the seedlings are produced in seedling trays with 200 cavities.
Cucurbits are a group of plants belonging to the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae). They include pumpkins and squashes (Cucurbita spp), melons (Cucumis melo), cucumbers (C. sativus) and watermelons (Citrullus lanatus).
Syngenta Potato Farmer of the Year 2017, Nico Wagner of Wilnick Boerdery, employs various efficiency measures to ensure profitability, and the quality of his produce ensures a stable demand from...
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is funding research to stimulate and sustain the growth and development of minor crops in the province, a move that promises to transform the...

Flagship market sold?

The name of this column, ‘On the Market Floor’, was chosen for a good reason: the market floor is exactly where you’ll hear all the news in the fresh produce...

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