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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

Role players in the red meat industry have expressed deep concern that the temporary suspension of South Africa’s foot-and-mouth disease-free (FMD) status could result in lost income amounting to billions...
Thanks to infrared video recorders and biotelemetry belts such as those used by athletes, researchers can now know exactly how stressed blue wildebeest can become when they are held in...
“It should not be necessary to change the Constitution to solve land reform problems,” said Roelf Meyer, guest speaker at the launch of the Bien Donné Agri Cape Week in...
A coalition of NGOs believes that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has under-estimated how much greenhouse gas is emitted by palm oil grown on tropical peatlands.
The Competition Commission on 24 October 2012 referred a case of price fixing and market division regarding the supply of diesel to the Competition Tribunal.
The Wildlands Conservation Trust has been tasked by national electricity provider, Eskom, to help it establish a 9 000 hectare nature reserve at its hydro-electric Ingula Pumped Storage Project straddling...

What patronage shares mean

Co-operatives must reward members who work harder on the co-operative's behalf and deal with members who try to get away with the least amount of work.
Headman Manyota, a developing farmer, farms citrus in the Kat River Valley near Fort Beaufort. Last year, he achieved a massive 874% increase in production over 2013. Grant Hollins visited...
An informal trader is described in Western Cape government legislation as “any person who carries on a business as a street vendor or hawker, including an employee of such a...
In order to boost sales, it’s important to know your customers and what they expect.
It’s been four years since the Department of Trade and Industry launched an initiative to increase capacity and competitiveness in South Africa’s textile and apparel industries. CEO of Cotton SA...
Macadamia growers are in the pound seat, with prices at unprecedented highs. Nut processor, Mayo Macs, is helping farmers ensure that the good times last, says Myles Osborn, consultant to...
Dear Jonno, I would like your help building a house in Underberg.
Spaghetti with a sauce is a family staple throughout this nation of ours. Instead of working a can opener, here’s a more hands-on pasta meal for four that is easy...

Born to Kill

Drama and tragedy plays out in the nest of the little bee-eater (Merops pusillus) as part of nature’s endless dance of life and death, writes Abré J Steyn.
One of the enduring charms of Italian cooking is its capacity to provide a basic tune upon which any musician can create a symphony. Add this recipe to your collection...

Cosy staff cottage

Patrick wants to build a simple dwelling for two of his labourers on his farm. He asks Jonno for help.
Agritourism can offer farmers an ideal avenue for diversifying their agricultural enterprises while earning additional income. In a four-part series, Julinda Schroeder examines the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a tourism...
Game animals have brought a new dimension to farm life in the arid Karoo. Roelof Bezuidenhout spoke to Neil Dodds and Rob Hobson, two farmers from Jansenville, who have combined...

Cinnamon, the fat-fighter

Obesity and insulin resistance are common problems today. Cinnamon is a useful treatment, says Kim Dyson.
Nguni stud breeder, Dr Paul Meulenbeld, explains how to improve the breed’s milk production.
With her tiny 10-sow piggery, Western Cape pig producer Augusta Thomas lacks economy of scale. But despite this, she is making a reasonable living. She spoke to Glenneis Kriel about...

Finding the perfect wing

The wings of racing pigeons are one of the most important physical attributes and breeding birds with the ideal 'wing design' takes time and experience. Thomas Smit shares a few...
It’s crucial for a broiler producer to get floor management right. This will improve the birds’ physical environment, reduce disease and result in better quality broilers. So says free-range poultry...
New vineyards can make or break a producer. Warren Bam, the Western Cape Agricultural Writers’ 2017 New Entrant to Commercial Farming of the Year nominee, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about...
Tomato growers invariably buy their seedlings from a dedicated seedling nursery. This usually means the seedlings are produced in seedling trays with 200 cavities.

Now’s the time!

While I’m on a roll about the positive developments taking place on markets, there’s another issue which I believe needs attention in the sector.
In his budget, former Minister Pravin Gordhan allocated large sums to improve the lot of small-scale farmers, while Fetsa Tlala will supposedly “boost domestic food production and reduce reliance on...
Rossouw Cillié, Agri Writers’ SA Farmer of the Year, has a diversified enterprise with several production branches and a value-adding component. He told Denene Erasmus about his latest project –...
A vegetable farmer in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, who converted to biological crop production, has significantly increased yield, improved quality and reduced input costs. Robyn Joubert reports.

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