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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

Rainfall remained erratic in December, with some parts of South Africa continuing to experience below-average rainfall while others received more than 200% of the monthly average.
The impression that might have been created amongst some consumers that all raw, unpasteurised milk is infected with brucellosis was not accurate.
There is a lot of miscommunication about red meat imports from Namibia into South Africa.
Resistance is mounting in the macadamia nut industry over levies payable to the Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (Samac).
The new CEO of Land Bank will be announced in September, said chairperson Ben Ngubane.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is putting the finishing touches to its Agricultural Policy Action Plan, a five-year rolling plan intended to enhance food production and employment, said...
In 2014, the Cederberg Tree Nursery produced 100 000 citrus trees a year. Two years later, after its acquisition by ANB Investments, the nursery produces more than 550 000 citrus trees annually.
An Eastern Cape distributor is marketing a unique maize seed pack to communal homestead maize producers with notable success. Mike Burgess visited Border Seed Distributors to investigate why this product...
Following the article“Untapped emu oil well -a lucrative alternative?”published in Farmer's Weekly on 19 October 2006, SA emu farmer Shane Trollope was inundated with more than 300 enquiries about this...
Marco Torsius is one of the founding members of commercial egg supplier TopLay, and a member of the egg committee of the SA Poultry Association. Sabrina Dean visited him to...
Fresh produce branding is gaining momentum as farmers seek to ensure a market for their fruit in an industry where supply is dramatically increasing. The success of the ClemenGold mandarin...
Dirkie Willemse, an emerging farmer from Suurbraak, and his mentor Dirk van Papendorp, a livestock and crop farmer, have learnt through experience that the state's land reform and farmer support...
My brother recently returned from a business trip to France, where he had what he called the ‘best chicken meal’ of his life. This recipe, reconstructed from memory, is the...

Many rooms with a view

Jonno designs a holiday cabin with a rustic look.
Some rococo banana splits are overwhelmed by ice cream, fudge caramel and even crushed nuts. But in the spirit of good food with minimal effort, we have the Farmer’s Weekly...

An elegant, practical home

Estelle and Barry would like to build a retirement home on their son’s farm in the eastern Free State.

Green, safe, effective

Jonno designs a natural farm-style house with stone and wood for Tina.
Dear Jonno My husband and I have recently acquired a plot in a rural area of the Western Cape west coast. The area, however, has a natural water source and...
In Lunyaweni near Ugie in the former Transkei, a group of 42 determined communal farmers is generating significant income from its 5 000-plus flock of Merino-type sheep. Mike Burgess reports.
Supplements are not a substitute for good nutrition, but trace elements are vital to dairy cow health.
Keep it simple and don’t become fixated on ‘technology’ – that’s how you’ll make a go of freshwater fish farming.
Helping a friend retrieve a hat blown off by the wind 35 years ago led the late Bob Kinney to become a world-renowned racing-pigeon breeder and racer.
Wireworms: Late continuous rainfall, especially in the summer rainfall areas, led to severe wireworm infestations in smallstock
For 50 years sheepdogs have proven themselves indispensable workers on many livestock farms. But for KwaZulu-Natal farming sisters Ragni Pretorius and Ingrid Fricke, Border Collies are absolutely critical in managing...
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...

Quality sells

Supplying a quality product is easier said than done. Within the farming context there are many challenges that have to be overcome before quality products can be produced.

Watch out for weeds

The appearance of one or two unknown weeds on my land has reminded me of the danger of leaving them unattended just because they appear to pose no threat due...
Lufuno Managa, a young farmer from Limpopo, found that big dreams don’t only come true in big cities. He left Pretoria to return home where he is now growing tomatoes...
Hot weather is unfavourable for carrot germination. Depending on the soil’s condition and structure, it also promotes the growth of soil fungus diseases, especially when heavy rain falls, as is...
There are a number of particularly bad weed species which can be tough and costly to deal with once established.

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