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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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The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has requested the re-release of reports that investigated water quality, water loss and compliance. The reports were previously released to the public, but were...
The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) is making progress in the war on dumping of chicken leg quarters with the import duty for the US increasing to R9,40/kg.
The outbreak of Russian wheat aphid (RWA) in Australia earlier this year could have caused a severe decline in wheat production and completely destroyed barley production.
Farmers in the Western Cape have been asked to help speed up land reform in the province by participating in the establishment of district land reform committees.
The white maize price reached R5 020/t on 16 January 2015, the highest level achieved since trading in white maize started in 1996.
The ANC has reportedly endorsed the so-called 50/50 land reform plan which proposes that 50% of the ownership of all commercial farms has to be transferred to those workers who...
More than two decades into South Africa’s democracy, progress in righting the wrongs of land ownership patterns established by the Natives Land Act of 1913, has been dismally slow. Moreover,...
Lawrence Maduna (65), the Agricultural Research Council’s Eastern Cape Emerging Beef Farmer for 2014, farms a Bonsmara-dominated herd of 160 breeding females in the Lady Grey district of the Eastern...
Applying lean agriculture could help SA's farmers improve operational efficiency
Soweto businessman Xolani Ndzaba has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. He spoke to Luyolo Mkentane about how he founded Lethabo Milling, SA’s first black-owned milling company.
Maize and sunflower producer from Senekal, John Dipale, ascribes his success to hard work and passion for agriculture. At 64, John works even harder than the young men on his...
Too few SA youngsters are interested in agriculture as a career. Puso Segoe feels this is due to farmers failing to expose their children to farming from an early age....
‘Vindaye,’ say my Friends Of Mauritian Origin (FOMO), ‘is not just another KZN fish curry.’ I think a Durban fish curry is a marvellous thing, but FOMO disagree. So here...

Wild Mussel Soup

Ever since the strandlopers strolled down KZN beaches thousands of years ago, collecting, cooking and eating the shellfish they gathered from the rocks, wild mussels have been an integral part...

A modern wedding venue

Dear Jonno I need your help as we intend building a wedding hall that can cater for just over 200 people on a 6 400m2 piece of land.We would like...
Huevos rancheros (ranger’s eggs) is the mid-morning meal on a Mexican ranch. Regardless of its origin, this recipe – in all humility – improves this KZN augmented culinary breakfast delight.
Jonno assists Jeremy with a design for a far-style house in Swaziland.
This startling set of textures, flavours and aromas brings new meaning to that morning espresso. Sweet and crunchy baklava is more than a baked confection – it’s a subtle dessert...
Thomas Smit offers some tips on how to breed quality pigeons by helping nature along.
Renowned South African veterinarian Dr Ockert Botha discusses the yeast infection candidiasis, in a follow up on his advice in last week's issue on pigeon parasites and malaria.
You hear the shot of the rifle and feel the recoil, but the animal runs. What should you do now? To learn about tracking, Gerhard Uys spoke to Willem van...
Freddie Peters has combined the best qualities of two breeds to establish the Meatmaster breed.
Supplements are not a substitute for good nutrition, but trace elements are vital to dairy cow health.
Once a ewe’s maintenance nutrient requirements have been met, nutrients can be effectively channelled to achieve optimum production. Dr Francois van de Vyver looks at nutrient requirements during the crucial...
Here are some guidelines for growing vegetables under drought conditions.
Apart from powdery mildew (discussed in last week’s column), viruses are the next challenge that almost every cucurbit grower will face at some stage.
An unmarketable fruit is pure loss, having cost the same to produce as a perfect fruit. And there are a number of disorders which can affect the percentage of marketable...
I recently attended the annual producers and market agents’ information day hosted in Ceres by Korkom.
Local small grain producers must optimise production through precision farming in order to stay competitive in globalised markets. Through a recent merger, the Tweekop farming enterprise in the Southern Cape...

Roses from the Karoo

Shortly after Lyell van Rensburg settled on the 3 000ha farm Rietvlei near Graaff-Reinet in the 1980s, Grootfontein Agricultural College recommended she produce aloes instead of roses. She wasn’t convinced. Armed...

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