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A bittersweet childhood memory turned into seven years of an inspiring and challenging journey.

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

A public-private partnership in rural southern KwaZulu-Natal has taken the first steps towards the ambitious goal of eventually having communal farmers in the area collectively growing more than 23 000ha...
Minimum wages, drought, fires, disease, import tariffs and a meat labelling scandal.These were all issues on the agricultural agenda this year. Farmer’s Weekly news editor, Niel Saayman, compiled this overview...
Free State Agriculture (FSA) is not opposed to paying a minimum wage of R150/day to farm workers, but is lobbying government for an enabling environment where famers can afford to...
Japanese experts have made a breakthrough in agricultural technology, using polymer film to grow food.
Over the next three years, government will spend R8,7 billion on the settlement of land restitution claims, a figure which pales in comparison to the estimated R179 billion that will...
Agri SA has welcomed the order that protects farmworkers against the unfair confiscation of wages.
After venturing into the organic fresh market, the owners of Sandveld Organics on the West Coast created a niche for themselves in the organic seed market. Susi Engelbrecht spoke to...
Small-town agricultural schools often struggle in today’s educational climate, characterised by departmental underfunding. But Winterberg Agricultural High School has maintained its high standards, and developed its farm into a self-sufficient...
In order to boost sales, it’s important to know your customers and what they expect.
When Farmer’s Weekly visited Kobela Mokgohlwa in 2010, he farmed hydroponically with tomatoes and green peppers in three tunnels, and had a small feedlot. But things have since changed. Peter...
South African brandy sales decreased from a high of 45 million litres in 1999 to 31 million litres last year. Christelle Reade-Jahn, director of the SA Brandy Foundation, spoke to...
Over the past three years, Durbanville Hills wine cellar has saved thousands of rands simply by changing the way it uses electricity. Cellar master Martin Moore talked to Glenneis Kriel...
Dear Jonno We need help with the design of our new home in eMacambini on the KZN North Coast near the Amatikulu Nature Reserve. The site, about 1 000m2, is...

Beef fillet casserole

Would you believe it? It seems that butchers keep the trimmings from the beef fillets separate from the actual fillets. Much cheaper than whole fillet, they allow you to prepare...

Sausage cannelloni

Welcome to the unexpected all over again. Is this combination of extraordinary ingredients fusion cuisine at its best? Or just another good way to test the limits with a meal...
Is it a sauce or condiment? No, it’s a miracle in which you, the beginner cook, learn how to mix oil and water. Whether you want to add some magic...
Lekanyane plans on building a traditional guesthouse in Lesotho with stone walls and a thatched roof. Have a look at Jonno's design plans.
Kofta – savoury mince meat balls – are one of the best things you can do with lamb. They’re easy to make and even easier to eat, and when they’re...
Competitive behaviour is human nature. Deep inside all riders, there is a desire to compete in shows. You polish yourself and your horse, you practise until you’re sure that you’re...
A provincial ordinance – yes, there are some of those left – dating back to 1985 is the chagrin of mining companies with exploration plans in the Western Cape.
Soaring land prices in Limpopo’s Thabazimbi district forced Callie Lee to expand his irrigated pastures. Thanks to careful management, he achieves optimal land use and good weaning weights.
At some point, we all need a dentist. Horses are no different, and a check-up every six months is essential, says Kim Dyson.
In 2003, Nomthunzi Nduzulwana swapped nursing for agriculture. Her perseverance has guided her through many challenges to a new future on High Heaven farm near East London. Mike Burgess spoke...
Taking tilapia cold tolerance ranges into account shows how just a few degrees can make for a worry-free season.
Humus is arguably one of the most important contributors to sustainable life on our planet, yet it remains largely unappreciated. Graeme Sait, CEO of Nutri-Tech Solutions in Australia, explains why...

It takes passion

During a recent early morning walk through the massive sales halls of the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market I was yet again struck by the uniqueness of such a market.

Growing melons

Melons are more sensitive to disease than most other cucurbits. As the diseases that attack melons are generally associated with rainfall and humidity, the fruit is normally grown in low-rainfall...
Over the years, I’ve listened to market people bemoaning the fact that producers supply direct to supermarkets.

Watermelons get cute

I've borrowed the information in this week's column from the New York Times newspaper of 17 August 2010 - I thought you might find it interesting.
Poland’s agricultural sector has undergone significant changes over the past 25 years, and the country now has the potential to become Europe’s major food production and processing hub.

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