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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

Conservation and law enforcement officials in Mozambique are celebrating the arrest of six alleged elephant poachers suspected of killing 39 elephants this year alone.
Concern over the vast tracts of unproductive land in South Africa has united Agri SA and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) still has no answers for the Muyexe community near Giyani, in Limpopo.
Higher international fuel prices and the weakening of the rand against most major currencies have increased the probability of local fuel prices increasing in August.
Kwanalu president Brian Aitken said the agricultural union had initiated an economic study to determine what wages the various commodities could afford to pay.
The Tanzanian Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) has announced that it was lifting the ban on meat and meat products imported from South Africa.
Ten developing Free State maize farmers are achieving success, thanks to the help of a dedicated mentor and the support of agricultural companies. Susan Botes-Marais reports on the VKB-GFADA Maize...
For six months every year, the Eberts family and other contract harvesters are on the road, cutting crops for farmers across the American Midwest, from the Texas border in the...
It takes a fine balancing act for Grain SA chairperson, Jaco Minnaar, to serve the interests of members while still leaving enough time to pursue his true passion – being...

Another one bites the dust

Some 13 years after the Tafelkop Farmers Association "invaded" an unused irrigation scheme in Groblersdal, they still haven't acquired the title deeds promised to them by the then minister of...
It is pointless running any business if there is no commitment to achieving profits in a sustainable manner. Dr Michael Bradfield, CEO of both AgriBSA and Wagyu South Africa, highlighted...
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should announce how it intends determining whether a farming business is characterised as large, medium or small for the purposes of AgriBEE by...

A wooden cottage design

Three readers phoned me after seeing my plans for a little one-bedroom cottage in the 13 June issue.

Prawn Breyani

Here are two fabulous tastes in one meal: prawns and a glorious breyani. Feel free to drop the prawns and let the plain breyani become a side dish.
Would you please design for me a layout for a retirement cottage? I have attached a rough sketch of what I have in mind and have listed a few requirements...

Building with Straw

Strawbale houses aren't as flimsy as many think - some date back 600 years. Plus, they're cheap and easy to build, writes Abre J Steyn.

A simple rondavel

Luci and David want to build a a new rondavel with cement blocks under thatch. Find out what Jonno comes up with.
Calamari – squid to our friends in the marine biology sector – is a wonderful addition to one’s seafood repertoire. Easy to cook, a marvel to present and a delight...
Carel Nel and his family pioneered breeding Drakensberger cattle in the western and central Free State. His Drakensberger stud’s Afrikaans name, Grasmunt, refers to the breed’s ability to generate good...

Breeding tips

When it comes to breeding it’s important to familiarise yourself with your mare’s cycle, writes Kim Dyson.
Mike Burgess recently visited Franci-Mari van Heerden, owner of the Witrots Hugenoot stud, and secretary and board member of Hugenoot SA, to find out why she chose the breed.
Jumping to win means you have to feel each stride as you ride and know when to shorten or lengthen it, says Dr Mac.
High genetic merit in a dairy herd cannot overcome inadequate management.
Adapting existing buildings and dams for aquaculture seems a neat, money-saving solution. Yet this usually leads to failure. Unless you know what you’re doing, build a dedicated setup – you...

Quality sells

Supplying a quality product is easier said than done. Within the farming context there are many challenges that have to be overcome before quality products can be produced.
Making the transition from conventional farming to organic farming, and then to biological farming, hasn't been easy for this Hluhluwe pineapple farmer. But achieving a higher yield in extremely dry...
The farm Matroozefontein has the most westerly citrus orchards and table grape vineyards in Southern Africa. In this arid area, farming under nets has proved a success.
It takes major effort and progress to become a finalist in Grain SA’s Developing Grain Farmer of the Year competition. Lloyd Phillips visited Thabang Tsephe to find out how he...
By including vegetables in their diversified farming business the Mongs have been able to make better use of machinery and labour already at their disposal, thus lowering the fixed input...
A mission station in the rural hilltops of KwaZulu-Natal has diversified into a range of agricultural activities, but peppers grown under state-of-the-art greenhouses and export avocados are the main commercial...

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