Agriculture stories

Mitigating risk to become a whole lot trickier

Scientists have been warning us that climate change will alter rainfall patterns. They say that dryland summer crops in central South Africa will be affected most by an increase in...

Hero or villain – it’s all in the eyes of the...

Those of you following our news coverage of the allegations surrounding People’s Bio Oil (PBO) would know that we have been trying for weeks to obtain comment from owners Vusi...

Does the left hand know what the right is doing?

News coming out of the ANC’s National Executive Committee’s recent lekgotla is worrying. Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s 50/50 proposal was mentioned again, and the NEC is proposing that government implement land...

The value of experience

The summer crop season, which had a promising start, is turning out to be a tough one for farmers in my home province of North West.

Positive ways of lessening inequality

A recent newspaper report indicated that 1% of the world’s population would soon be wealthier than the rest of us combined.

Calling for more risk-takers

Recently, while driving between Jamestown and Molteno in the Eastern Cape on our way to visit my in-laws, my family and I came upon an astonishing sight – scores of...

Are we nurturing our future farmers?

The matric results confirmed that my son’s career choice of becoming an engineer (he wants to build robots) is a good one.

Keep your eyes on the future

This time last year, large parts of South Africa were experiencing a drought said to be the worst in living memory.

Carols by candlelight – in more ways than one!

I love to sing and I love the glow of candles, so, unsurprisingly, I enjoy carols by candlelight.

What’s in a brand?

Knowing what brand of wine we are drinking influences most of us in how we taste and enjoy it.

Transformation: is everyone on board?

Depending on whom you ask, Theo de Jager’s being voted out of the deputy presidency at AgriSA can be interpreted as anything from serious internal differences within the organisation to...

Can we afford a national minimum wage?

As thousands of matriculants and university students sit down to write their final exams, I bet they’re thinking about the day they can begin making their own way in the...


Private and government support helps new farmer flourish

Zachariah Matli’s journey to running a viable beef cattle operation has had its frustrations, but he is on his way to becoming a commercial producer. Sustaining him has been his...
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