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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.
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New prospecting licenses issued for shale gas exploration using the controversial hydraulic fracturing method, commonly known as fracking, as well as other mining activities remains a serious threat to South...
Farmers have welcomed a revision of the South African Weather Service’s (SAWS) classification system for severe weather-related hazards.
Associated British Foods (ABF), which already owns 51% of Illovo Sugar, has offered to buy the remaining 49% of all the issued shares in the sugar company.
The minimum wage for farm workers will increase by 6,4% on 1 March 2014, and not 7%, as was previously announced, according to Hendrik Ackermann, chairperson of Agri SA’s labour...
The farming community in the Free State has condemned the situation in Wesselsbron in which charges have been laid against an alleged labour broker suspected of multiple counts of child...
The conditions for the approval of the merger between Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev and SABMiller’s, as set by the Competition Tribunal of South Africa, have several benefits for local farmers, including...
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Johan Tijssen, owner of Dicla Farm and Seed and a first-generation South African of Dutch descent, demonstrates how it’s possible to generate a multi-million rand annual turnover from just 260ha.
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Mining pollution threatens to turn Loskop Dam into the largest toxic acid lake in Africa, as decades of coal mining on the Mpumalanga Highveld starts to catch up with us....
It was a Thursday, and this means spaghetti bolognaise in my house. So you can imagine the shock when my schoolteacher daughter visited and cooked a dinner that shattered the...

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Endurance riders were traditionally prejudiced against clipping, but attitudes are changing, says Dr Mac.
Farmers in the Eastern Cape towns of Indwe and Dordrecht have sustained huge losses of their Merino sheep as they are attacked, killed and mauled by stray dogs. Tim and...
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Hard hats save lives

The South African Equestrian Federation doesn’t allow any rider to compete unless they’re wearing approved headgear – and for good reason, says Dr Mac.
Harvesting is one of the big expenses in bean production and consequently needs to be done efficiently.
"With onions, in the early stages, you need just enough nitrogen to keep the colour of the leaves right."
A crop has no way of ‘knowing’ or ‘sensing’ your good intentions. Instead, it responds to the prevailing conditions as a means of self-preservation.

Too much regulation?

Some pundits maintain that our fresh produce markets are over-regulated. I confess that I cannot make up my mind on the issue.
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.
Good carrot seed is expensive and it’s therefore important to provide optimal conditions for germination.

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