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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

There has been a spike in the number of malaria cases in Limpopo, with farmers reporting many cases of workers being affected.
A call centre to answer farmers’ questions and help them with agriculture-related queries has been launched by SA Agri.
The white maize price reached R5 020/t on 16 January 2015, the highest level achieved since trading in white maize started in 1996.
Livestock producers were urged to see to it that their animals have access to sufficient water in the drought.
Cobus van Coller from Viljoenskroon was honoured as the central branch of Agricultural Writers' SA’s 2014 Free State Farmer of the Year at the organisation's award ceremony in Bloemfontein Friday...
The African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa) has queried the ‘success’ of the land reform programme, saying that President Zuma’s figures are inaccurate.
Zambia’s rural economy is dependent on thousands of resource-poor smallholder farmers. Mukumbuta Mukumbuta, a local entrepreneur, spoke to Lloyd Phillips about how his maize milling venture provides a market for...
Aquaponics involves the organic production of crops and fish in a holistic system – the plants are cultivated using fish waste as the main source of nutrients. Leslie Ter Morshuizen...
In response to the devastating drought in their area, a group of Hluhluwe commercial farmers has exemplified the spirit of ubuntu by assisting communal farmers.
While rabbit farming can be fairly lucrative, it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Karoline Steenekamp about the do’s and don’ts when starting a rabbit enterprise.
Stephan Fourie of Potato Pride near Frankfort in the Free State sees his workforce and surrounding community as a responsibility not to be taken lightly. He explains his approach to...
When a group of Letsitele citrus farmers could no longer afford packaging material, they started making it themselves. Today, their business is a major industry supplier. By Alita van der...
Out of all the extraordinary and enticing Indian-accented foods available, breyani is one of the all-time greats. Breyani, no matter how you spell it, is not a single dish but...
A family in Botswana asked me to design them a Scottish-style, double-storey home. The living area had to be on the ground floor and three bedrooms had to be upstairs.

Stylish homes in Mozambique

I had a call from a prospective housing developer in Mozambique. He required plans for easy-to-build, cost-effective and stylish homes for the local community.
To make cauliflower mash with chicken livers and chorizo sausage for four, you will need: For the mashed cauliflower: 1 head of cauliflower 2 cloves garlic 50g grated hard cheese...

Shanghai chicken

Like many Chinese-influenced recipes, this transfers particularly well to the SA kitchen. It could easily be called Pietermaritzburg Chicken or even uKhahlamba Chicken. You decide.
Are those who are supposed to protect us the ones hurting us, asks Abré J Steyn.
A number of high-value species and colour variants were traded during 2012, says Dr Cloete.
It is important to take into account the weather conditions in your area when breeding, writes Thomas Smit
Michael Swart of Swartriver Esate near Caledon believes there is no better investment than a good sheep. He should know – his Swarco Dohne Merino stud has, over the past...
Breaks are often misdiagnosed and sometimes even heal on their own, says Dr Mac.
The first person to successfully commercialise Merino farming in South Africa was Michiel van Breda. He started farming Merino in 1817 on the historical Zoetendals Vallei farm in the Overberg...
Last week I wrote about the champion stock of Bradbury Lofts, and this week's article focuses on their racing methods.

Capsicum viruses

Potato virus Y (PVY) is one of the most important plant viruses in South Africa.
There are two fairly common bacterial diseases of lettuce that most lettuce growers will come across from time to time:

Namibia plans ahead

As I write this, I’m midway through a two-week training programme at the Ongwediva Fresh Produce Business Hub (OFPBH) in the north of Namibia, en route to Angola.
Numerous failings within South Africa's land reform programme, and the uncertainties this is causing, have resulted in no new investment taking place on existing litchi farms.

Why all this wastage?

According to a 7 November Farmer’s Weekly news item, we throw away roughly one-third of all the food produced on the planet – about three billion tons – annually.
Watermelons are a warm season crop, but can be started in winter in areas where conditions are milder.

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