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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.

Plough for more

Two SA producer-controlled agri-companies have announced their intention to merge.
Agri SA recently held a workshop and invited experts and legal practitioners to help the organisation reflect on how to deal with issues around land reform.
The long-awaited draft paper on biofuel pricing rules and regulations has been released for comment by the Department of Energy, Business Day reported.
Namib Poultry Industries (NPI), that recently opened a multi-million Namibian chicken broiler, this week launched three of its new chicken product brands in Windhoek.
South Africa’s second-largest agribusiness company, Senwes, said poor harvests in the central and western parts of the country over two consecutive years, hit the company’s results hard for the year...
The much anticipated amendments to the Poultry Regulations, regarding the brining of poultry meat, were published recently.
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...
Agri science student Lisa Coetzee was one of only two South Africans chosen to attend the Youth Ag Summit in Canada in 2013. Building on her experiences there, she has...
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....

Goat milk products

Anne Turner and Wessel Etzebeth’s small goat milk enterprise, De Böcke Goat Dairy, is less than a year old, but they are already finding a welcome place for their products...
As a member and former president of Milk SA, Tsitsikamma dairy farmer Nigel Lok explains that 25% of the statutory levy commercial dairy farmers pay to Milk SA goes to...

Bringing up broilers

Robyn Joubert visited Hanbury Chickens, a family-run broiler business in KwaZulu- Natal. Modest and efficient, the Hanburys use modern methods to get the most out of their birds - guaranteeing...
In my previous article, I discussed the registration of a non-profit association for agritourism in South Africa. Named the Association for Agritourism in South Africa (AASA), this aims to unite...

Christmas trifle

This is without doubt the simplest dessert recipe I know, with the exception of vanilla ice cream. The only skill demanded of you is to make the trifle look elegant...

Flight to the lakes

Kenya is iconic wildlife territory, place of the annual wildebeest migration and the mighty Great Rift Valley. Millions of migratory flamingoes find sanctuary in the Rift Valley lakes. Keri Harvey...

Lemon Meringue Pie

A pie? How can something so sweet be a pie? Where are the four-and-twenty blackbirds? Instead, here’s heaven in a dessert bowl. Sure tastes better than those blackbirds.
Dear Jonno Here is an outline of the requirements for my new home: It must be a double storey house that features a combination of a modern and classic style....
Today Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous artists of all time. But he died in poverty. I can't really judge his art, but recently some of his...
an Lottering and Andries Mopiley’s Angora goat farming enterprise in Prince Albert shows that an agricultural empowerment project can succeed driven by motivated beneficiaries and mentored by the industry’s experts....
There are several key factors to consider before deciding to farm pigs, whether intensively or free range, says Shane Brody.
With demand exceeding supply, working together and sharing information about tilapia farming will benefit us all.
It is important to take into account the weather conditions in your area when breeding, writes Thomas Smit
On paper, many aquaculture systems look appealing, but are they suited to South Africa’s challenging conditions?
Sweeping claims about toxins contained in farmed fish, which are supposedly dangerous to human health, are unsubstantiated and false.
Viewing the current drought in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal within its historical context allows us to understand it better – and forecast more accurately what is to come. This...

Choosing a tomato variety

We have about 200 tomato varieties in South Africa. This fact alone makes the value of the variety list highly questionable.
The Ceres Plateau, only recently incorporated into South Africa’s Wine of Origin scheme, is establishing itself as one of the best wine-producing regions in the country. Kallie du Plessis and...
Viking Farming near East London in the Eastern Cape is a small but intensive vegetable operation that supplies supermarkets and processors across the Eastern Cape and even the Western Cape....
While humates are promoted as an almost magic potion by some, sub-standard products have battered their reputation. Glenneis Erasmus talked to several agriculturists to find out what they are, how...
Strawberry production in South Africa is expensive, with exhorbitant set-up costs. The market is also very competitive. Mark Miller, operations manager at Redberry Strawberry Farm in George, spoke to Jay...

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